Attorney General

Paxton Leads Multistate Coalition in Defense of Mississippi’s Abortion Law

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton led a 24-state coalition in support of Mississippi’s law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, except in medical emergencies. Texas’s amicus brief argues that Roe v. Wade should be overturned because it has no basis in the Constitution and has led only to confusion in the courts. The fact that the Supreme Court has been forced to continually change the constitutional test and twist other legal doctrines to support its abortion rulings demonstrates […]

Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition in Defense of Religious Liberty

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 11-state coalition in defense of religious liberty, challenging Virginia’s requirement that photographers shoot weddings that conflict with their religious beliefs.  Virginia’s Act is just the latest instance in a series of leftist applications of public accommodation laws to unconstitutionally burden individual’s First Amendment rights. “States cannot compel individuals to violate their deeply held religious beliefs, and cannot compel speech by artists—or anyone else—to advance a left-wing cultural agenda.” Attorney […]

Attorney General Paxton Announces Global Opioid Settlement

Ken Paxton

Settlement includes Texas political subdivisions; if subdivisions join Texas could receive over $1.5 billion Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a historic $26 billion agreement that will bring desperately needed relief to Texans who are struggling with opioid addiction. The agreement includes Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – and Johnson & Johnson, which manufactured and marketed opioids. The agreement also requires significant industry changes that will help prevent this type of […]

Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition in Protecting Second Amendment Rights 

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of 26 states to protect the Second Amendment in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett, which challenges New York’s law that allows only those who “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession” to carry a firearm outside the home. The Second Amendment explicitly promises the right to bear arms to […]

Paxton Seeks Preliminary Injunction After Biden Administration Illegally Revoked Medicaid Waiver

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton sought a preliminary injunction to enjoin the Biden Administration’s illegal action rescinding the extension of the Medicaid Section 1115 waiver negotiated between Texas and the federal government. In a politically motivated move, the administration reversed its agreement to extend that waiver until 2030. “In an abuse of power, the Biden Administration blatantly ignored the needs of Texans when it revoked our Medicaid waiver,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Not only does this violate agency regulations, it was […]

Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition in Protecting Children from Dangerous, Life-Altering Procedures

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition in support of Arkansas’ defense of its recently-enacted law banning the use of hormones and surgery to treat gender dysphoria in children. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, which prohibits healthcare professionals from providing gender transition procedures to minors. “There is no reason to put children through dangerous procedures at a […]

Texas Goes Head-to-Head with the Feds: Public Health Immigration Laws Must be Enforced at the Border

Ken Paxton

This week, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed Texas’s reply brief demanding that the Biden Administration enforce public health immigration law at the border. A Federal District Court in Fort Worth heard oral argument on Tuesday. The State of Texas is requesting the Court impose an injunction on the federal government to stop it from continuing its unlawful activities. Under President Trump, the federal government utilized a body of laws known as Title 42 to rapidly […]

Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition to Protect the Rights of the Unborn

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 20-state coalition in supporting South Carolina’s defense of its Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act that was challenged by Planned Parenthood and enjoined by a federal district judge shortly after it was enacted. Under this law, abortions are prohibited once a fetal heartbeat is detected with few exceptions, and the mother must be given the opportunity to have an ultrasound and view the sonogram. In this case, the […]

Paxton Commends 5th Circuit’s Decision Upholding the First Amendment Rights of Members of the State Bar of Texas

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton commends the  United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in McDonald v. Longley, which held that the State Bar of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of its members—who must join and pay dues if they wish to practice law in Texas—when the State Bar engaged in politically- and ideologically-charged legislative and lobbying activities that were not “germane” to its core functions of regulating the legal profession […]

Paxton Releases Statement on House Democrats Failing Democracy and Fleeing the State

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton made the following statement after Texas House Democrats fled the state — rejecting their elected duty during the July 2021 Special Legislative Session: “This immature behavior by House Democrats is not only childish; it is a disgrace to democracy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Their capricious act will not thwart our leadership’s efforts for stronger election integrity, bail reform, retired teacher benefits, and Child Protective Services reform, among other important agenda items. House Democrats have hurt their constituents and demonstrated that when they’re faced with a problem, they run away – literally. It’s shameful and they have failed as elected officials.”