Ken Paxton

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 […]

Attorney General Paxton Joins 23-States to Combat Federal Takeover of States’ Elections

Attorney General Ken Paxton

In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Ken Paxton and 22 other attorneys general warn that a reckless piece of legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill would essentially establish the U.S. Department of Justice as a national election czar dictating to states exactly how they must administer their elections. The letter opposing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — or HR 4 — is led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. Already passed […]

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 […]

Texas Attorney General’s Office Releases Internal Report

Ken Paxton

The report, released after a 10 month long internal investigation, reviews, and analyzes actions taken by employees and political appointees of the Attorney General of Texas and evaluates allegations made against the Attorney General. Direct any inquiries via email to Alejandro Garcia at alejandro.garcia@oag.texas.gov. Read a copy of the report here.

Paxton Wins Again Against Biden Administration, Reinstating Texas’s Medicaid Waiver Extension

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Attorney General Ken Paxton commends a federal district court’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction after the Biden Administration capriciously revoked Texas’s Medicaid waiver extension. In January, the federal government approved Texas’s extension, which benefited the millions of Texans receiving Medicaid. But just a few months later, Biden wrongly and unilaterally rescinded the agreement. The court agreed that the Administration’s decision violated federal law, keeping Texas’s sound waiver extension in place. “The Biden Administration continues […]