Attorney General

Texas Office of the Attorney General Names Rosenberg Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Kaitlyn Williams singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children The Office of the Attorney General recognized Kaitlyn Williams, an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Child Support Division’s Rosenberg office, for her commitment to Texas children. Williams was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Region 10. She was presented with the award on Monday, August 2, 2021, at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Virtual Conference. […]

Paxton Sues to Stop Biden Administration Attempt to Control Bathroom and Language Usage in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration to stop the June 15 Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This guidance requires employers to allow exceptions on the usage of bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, dress codes and even personal pronouns based upon the subjective gender identities of their employees. This unlawful guidance increases the scope of liability for all employers, including the State of Texas in its capacity as an employer. Under our system, States have the sovereign […]

Paxton Joins Coalition to Challenge President Biden’s Overreaching Vaccine Mandate for Private Sector Employees

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition to stop President Biden from unlawfully forcing millions of private sector employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing as a condition of keeping their jobs – regardless of whether they work remotely, have religious objections or health concerns about receiving the vaccine, or have already obtained natural immunity as a result of having recovered from the virus. The federal government, moreover, intends to […]

Paxton Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Paris ISD in Mask Mandate Lawsuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a Lamar County district court issued a temporary restraining order against Paris ISD regarding its unlawful mask mandate. The court agreed with General Paxton that the district lacks “authority to issue or enforce a facemask mandate in light of Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-38” and prohibited the district from enforcing its mandate as long as GA-38 remains in effect. This is the second recent win for the rule of […]

Paxton Sues San Antonio ISD for Employee Vaccine Mandate

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton has filed a lawsuit against the San Antonio Independent School District and Superintendent Pedro Martinez for mandating that all district employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandate violates Executive Order GA-39, which Governor Abbott implemented to prohibit governmental entities like San Antonio ISD from compelling individuals to be injected with a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether the vaccine is fully approved or authorized for emergency use only. “The decision to openly […]

Paxton Files Multiple Lawsuits Against School Districts Defying State Law

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the filing today of three lawsuits against three school districts defying Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38 regarding mask mandates: Richardson, Round Rock, Galveston, Elgin, Spring and Sherman Independent School Districts. In the 2021-2022 school year, several school districts across the state have refused to follow state law — the Texas Disaster Act and Executive Order GA-38 – which place the Governor in charge of the statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Attorney General anticipates the filing of additional lawsuits if school districts and other governmental entities continue to defy state law. “Not only are superintendents across Texas openly violating state law, but […]

Paxton Joins Coalition to Stop the ATF from Infringing on Second Amendment Rights

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition that filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, seeking to stop the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from re-interpreting federal statutes in order to declare that owning or using a “bump stock” turns a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun, subjecting the owner to criminal prosecution. The brief argues that thousands of Americans have lawfully purchased and owned these accessories for years and use them for lawful purposes, and that the […]

Texas Supreme Court Sides with Paxton Regarding Ban on Mask Mandates

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton commends the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to grant the emergency motion for temporary relief in the case of Abbott v. San Antonio, keeping the decision to enforce mask mandates with the governor, not local government entities. The court said that the status quo has been gubernatorial oversight in decisions regarding the public during the pandemic, and this decision keeps with the status quo. “The Texas Supreme Court has sided with the law, […]

AG Paxton Joins Multi-state Coalition Demanding the Continued Criminalization of Illegal Reentry

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 20-state coalition demanding that the US Department of Justice seek to reverse a Nevada District Court’s decision in United States v. Carrillo-Lopez, which recently struck down as unconstitutional 8 U.S.C. § 1326, the federal immigration statute that criminalizes the illegal reentry of illegal aliens who have previously been removed from the United States. The judge’s ruling was a shocking departure from both the long-understood intent of Congress and of prior […]

Paxton Announces Finalized Settlement with Griddy Energy, LLC

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced details of the approved settlement in the lawsuit against Griddy Energy, LLC after Winter Storm Uri left its customers with exorbitant energy bills. Texas power companies failed to withstand the winter storm and left millions of Texans without power and heat during lethal, record-low temperatures across the state. Griddy customers felt an additional hit when the burden of skyrocketing energy costs hit their pocketbooks as well. In response to legal actions arising […]