Thursday, January 21States Top Leading News (STL.News)
NY: AG James’ Statement on ACA Supreme Court Oral Arguments
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NY: AG James’ Statement on ACA Supreme Court Oral Arguments

NY: AG James' Statement on ACA Supreme Court Oral Arguments (STL.News) – New York Attorney General Letitia James and a coalition that includes 20 states and the District of Columbia today defended the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the United States Supreme Court in the health care repeal case, California v. Texas.  The coalition defended the many provisions of the ACA against the Trump Administration and a Texas-led state coalition seeking to dismantle the health care reform law that has provided new coverage to at least 20 million Americans. “The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for a decade now, but President Trump, his administration, and Republicans allies are trying to take us backwards in time by stripping health coverage away from millions of A...
Ohio: AG Yost Works to Protect Local Businesses
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Ohio: AG Yost Works to Protect Local Businesses

Ohio: Attorney General Yost Works to Protect Local Businesses and Keep Ohio’s Economy Strong (STL.News) –  In an effort to protect Ohio businesses that sell alcohol and keep the local economy strong, Ohio Attorney Dave Yost has reached a proposed settlement agreement with the first of seven out-of-state companies who are accused of illegally shipping wine and spirits. The investigation announced in July by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control sought to determine whether taxes were leaving our state through products being shipped illegally. The results were that multiple out-of-state providers of wine and liquor have flouted state law resulting in millions of tax dollars leaving Ohio. “It will make it much more difficult for Ohio liquo...
AG Urges Veterans and Service Members to Use Statewide Legal Helpline
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AG Urges Veterans and Service Members to Use Statewide Legal Helpline

Florida: Attorney General Moody Urges Veterans and Service Members to Use Statewide Legal Helpline (STL.News) – Attorney General Ashley Moody is reminding Florida veterans and service members that the Florida Veterans Legal Helpline is available to help protect against fraud, identify theft and other legal issues.  Last November, the Attorney General’s Florida Military and Veteran Assistance Program and Bay Area Legal Services’ Florida Veterans Legal Helpline partnered to bolster ongoing efforts to protect Florida veterans and service members.  With the recent one-year anniversary of the partnership, the Attorney General is encouraging service members and veterans to continue using the helpline for essential services and benefits tailored to protect our military community. Attorney Genera...
AG Nessel Joins Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Appeal Against Trump
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AG Nessel Joins Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Appeal Against Trump

Michigan: AG Nessel Joins Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Appeal Against Trump Anti-Immigrant Visa Proclamations (STL.News) – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in Gomez v. Trump urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a trial court decision that partially upheld President Trump’s proclamations that indefinitely disrupt vast portions of the country’s immigration system. On April 22 and June 22, Trump signed two different immigration-related proclamations that effectively bar immigrants and foreign workers traveling on nonimmigrant work visas from entering the United States, including students, tech workers, and the families of U.S.  citizens and lawful permanent residents.  Buildin...
Texas: AG Pax­ton Announces Staff Pro­mo­tions
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Texas: AG Pax­ton Announces Staff Pro­mo­tions

Texas: Attor­ney Gen­er­al Pax­ton Announces Staff Pro­mo­tions: Les­ley French as Chief of Staff and Shawn Cowles as Deputy AG for Civ­il Litigation (STL.News) – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the promotions of Lesley French and Shawn Cowles within the Office of the Attorney General. Lesley was promoted to Chief of Staff and Shawn to Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation. “I applaud Lesley and Shawn on their new roles in the Office of the Attorney General and thank them for their consistent dedication to our great state,” said Attorney General Paxton.  “I am confident that they will continue serving Texas with integrity, honor, and unshakeable commitment to the rule of law.” Lesley French, formerly General Counsel and Chief of the General Counsel Division, came to the...
Missouri : AG Reaches Settlement with St. Louis County Nursing Home
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Missouri : AG Reaches Settlement with St. Louis County Nursing Home

Missouri : Attorney General Schmitt Reaches Settlement with St. Louis County Nursing Home for Alleged Medicaid Fraud (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Life Care Center of Bridgeton, on October 29, 2020, has entered into a civil settlement agreement with his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for failing to provide necessary care to residents and submitting false claims to MO HealthNet, the Missouri Medicaid program.  “The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office works with local jurisdictions and statewide agencies to root out Medicaid fraud and hold those responsible for that fraud accountable,” said Attorney General Schmitt.  “This case is yet another example of the MFCU’s incredible work on behalf of the people of Missouri.” The skilled n...
Florida : Statement from Statewide Prosecutor
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Florida : Statement from Statewide Prosecutor

Florida : Statement from Statewide Prosecutor on the Closing of the Catholic Church Investigation (STL.News) – The Office of Statewide Prosecution today released the following statement on the conclusion of the investigation regarding the Catholic Church and the alleged sexual abuse by Catholic priests: Statewide Prosecutor Nicholas B.  Cox said, “In 2018, the Office of Statewide Prosecution began its own investigation into the Catholic Church after reviewing a Grand Jury Report from Pennsylvania about sexual abuse by Catholic priests.  We set up a tip line and, with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, investigated each and every allegation of sexual abuse we received.  After a thorough investigation of every tip and every allegation in the church’s file, the Office of Statewide Pr...
Michigan : AG Nessel Joins 22-state Coalition
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Michigan : AG Nessel Joins 22-state Coalition

 Michigan : AG Nessel Joins 22-state Coalition Opposing Federal Government's Drastic Limits on International Student Visas (STL.News) – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently joined 21 other attorneys general in opposing efforts by the federal government to severely restrict the amount of time international students are allowed to stay in the United States. In a comment letter submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the coalition opposes a proposed rule that would set fixed time limits of two or four years for student visas, upending a longstanding policy that allows students to stay as long as they need to earn their degrees, as long as they meet certain requirements.  The coalition urges DHS to abandon the proposed rule, arguing that it would harm internatio...
Illinois : AG RAOUL FILES BRIEF IN APPEAL
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Illinois : AG RAOUL FILES BRIEF IN APPEAL

Illinois : ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL FILES BRIEF IN APPEAL AGAINST ANTI IMMIGRANT VISA PROCLAMATIONS (STL.News) – Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general in urging a federal appellate court to reverse a decision upholding presidential proclamations that have indefinitely halted vast amounts of immigration to the United States. On April 22 and June 22, the federal government authorized two different immigration-related proclamations that effectively bar immigrants and foreign workers traveling on nonimmigrant work visas from entering the United States, including students, tech workers and the families of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.  In an amicus brief to the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Raoul and the coalition argu...
NJ: Man Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison
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NJ: Man Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison

NJ: Man Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison for Traveling From California to New Jersey in Attempt to Sexually Assault an 11-Year-Old Girl (STL.News) – Attorney General Gurbir S.  Grewal announced that a California man was sentenced to state prison today for traveling to New Jersey in an attempt to sexually assault an underage girl. He communicated online with a man he believed was offering him an opportunity to sexually assault a girl, age 11, but that man was really an undercover detective of the New Jersey State Police. Ian Brewer, 25, of Pomona, Calif., was sentenced today to seven years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield in Union County.  He pleaded guilty on Aug.  27, 2020 to an accusation charging him with second-degree attempted aggravated sexual assault...
New Mexico: AG Balderas Announces Maximum Prison Sentence
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New Mexico: AG Balderas Announces Maximum Prison Sentence

New Mexico: AG Balderas Announces Maximum Prison Sentence for Man Who Molested His Seven-Year-Old Granddaughter (STL.News) – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Francisco Saucedo was sentenced by Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judge Christopher Pérez to 30 years in prison, the maximum amount of time allowable, for distributing, manufacturing, and possessing child exploitation materials as well as committing sexual acts and voyuerism against his granddaughter.  In 2017, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General became aware that Saucedo downloaded and copied numerous digital files of child exploitation materials, which included nude images of Saucedo’s seven-year-old granddaughter.  Investigators employed the use of specially trained forensic interviewers ...
NY: AG James Sues Sotheby’s for Defrauding
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NY: AG James Sues Sotheby’s for Defrauding

NY: Attorney General James Sues Sotheby’s for Defrauding New York Taxpayers Out of Millions New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit against the international auction house Sotheby’s for defrauding the state of New York and its taxpayers out of millions of dollars in unpaid sales tax.  The complaint alleges that Sotheby’s violated the New York False Claims Act by facilitating the creation and use of false tax exemption certificates — known as resale certificates — for an art collector and major client, even though it knew the art collector was not eligible to claim the exemption. “Millionaires and billionaires cannot be allowed to evade taxes while every day Americans pay their fair share,” said Attorney General James.  “Sotheby’s violated the law and fleeced New York...
Arkansas: AG RUTLEDGE’S STATEMENT
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Arkansas: AG RUTLEDGE’S STATEMENT

Arkansas: AG RUTLEDGE’S STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT BRIEF TO UPHOLD ARKANSAS’S MEDICAID EXPANSION COMMUNITY-ENGAGEMENT REQUIREMENT (STL.News) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a reply brief in support of the State’s petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review and uphold Arkansas Works’ community-engagement demonstration project. “Arkansas Works is a pilot expansion program designed to encourage able-bodied Arkansans without dependents to transition into the workforce, building a stronger, more resilient connection with their communities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to review those requirements and reaffirm Arkansas’s commitment to making the Medicaid program more sustainable and helping Arkansans ...
Florida : AG Ashley Moody News Release
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Florida : AG Ashley Moody News Release

Florida : AG Ashley Moody News Release (STL.News) - With the holiday season fast-approaching, Attorney General Ashley Moody is building on her Scams at a Glance program with a ‘Tis the Season edition. The Scams at a Glance program contains resources available to Floridians to help protect themselves against emerging scams and fraud.  Scams at a Glance: ‘Tis the Season aims to educate Floridians on common scams typical of holiday-season purchasing and giving. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As we near the end of 2020, Floridians may be more excited for the holidays than ever before.  I want to start off the holiday season on the right foot and make sure consumers know what to look for to protect themselves from anyone who might try to swindle, steal or scam. “I want a grinch-free hol...
NJ: Statement of AG on Constitutional Amendment
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NJ: Statement of AG on Constitutional Amendment

NJ: Statement of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on Constitutional Amendment Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis (STL.News) - Yesterday, New Jerseyans approved an amendment to our State Constitution, legalizing regulated marijuana, referred to as “cannabis,” for those 21 or older.   The Amendment, which makes clear that it does not legalize unregulated marijuana, takes effect on January 1, 2021, and requires the Legislature to enact a law establishing a regulatory scheme for legal cannabis.  All of the State’s criminal laws relating to marijuana continue to apply, until, among other things, the Legislature enacts a law creating that regulatory framework.  It is important that residents accurately understand the current situation, so they do not inadvertently engage in criminal conduct relating...
NY: AG James and Governor Renew Suspension of State Debt Collection
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NY: AG James and Governor Renew Suspension of State Debt Collection

NY: Attorney General James and Governor Cuomo Renew Suspension of State Debt Collection for Eighth Time as Coronavirus Continues to Impact New Yorkers’ Wallets (STL.News)  – New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has renewed, for the eighth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection — with limited exceptions — through December 31, 2020.  In response to continuing financial impairments resulting from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the OAG again renewed orders, taking effect this morning and going through Thursday, December 31, 2020.  After this period, the OAG w...
Charities Struggling During Pandemic, Ohio State Study of Sector Finds
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Charities Struggling During Pandemic, Ohio State Study of Sector Finds

Charities Struggling During Pandemic, Ohio State Study of Sector Finds (STL.News) — Amid the persistent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits across Ohio are struggling from the economic fallout at a time when the public and government need them most. To better understand the situation, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office partnered with the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropy Ohio and researchers at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs to produce the ongoing The Ohio Nonprofit COVID-19 Survey to gather information on Ohio’s nonprofit organizations and how to help them through this difficult time in history. The latest round of the survey, administered in August, shows that a majority of nonprofits that responded to the surv...
Vermont: AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters
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Vermont: AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters

Vermont : AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters: Voters Will Determine the Outcome of the Presidential Election (STL.News) - Following President Donald Trump falsely declaring victory in the presidential election, Attorney General T.J. Donovan is reassuring Vermonters that he will protect the rule of law by ensuring that every vote is counted. “If democracy is going to work, we must respect the will of the people and that means we count every legal vote,” said Attorney General Donovan.  “Voters will determine the outcome of the election.” Vermont has been fighting for the integrity of our elections alongside its sister states in the months leading up to the election (see complete list below).  The Vermont Attorney General’s Office sued the U.S. Postal Service to ensure that critical mail deliv...