Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
October 15th, 2020
UPCOMING WEBINARS
Cybersecurity AGO Roundtable*
Wednesday, October 21st
1pm - 2:30pm ET
Moderator by Attorney General TJ Donovan, Vermont

This private, *AGO-only event will be held in advance of our Cybersecurity Fall General Session (10/22) and is meant to provide a platform for collaboration and problem-solving among our community. The roundtable program will be held via Zoom, whereas the general session will be held via GoToWebinar.

Registration
If you are from a participating Attorney General Office, please email Andrea Friedman at afriedman@agalliance.org to register. You will be provided will full zoom details upon confirmation. You can register up to the program date. Please come with thoughts on any of the below topics.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION TOPICS MAY INCLUDE:
 
1.  Children Safety Online 
2.  Telehealth and Privacy
3.  Vaccine Data Tracking
4.  Automobile Data Collection and Privacy
5.  Innovations in Payment Technology
6.  Privacy Issues with Clearview AI/facial recognition
7.  Data breach Response Plans by AGOs
Cybersecurity Subcommittee Fall Virtual Session*
Thursday, October 22nd
1 - 3pm ET
Opening Remarks from Attorney General Josh Stein, North Carolina

**Registration is not automatic, open to AGOs and group members only.
Sports Betting Virtual Discussion
Monday, November 16th
1 - 2pm ET
Moderated by Attorney General Karl Racine, District of Columbia

*Agenda and details to be released in the coming weeks.
ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS
2020 FREE AND FAIR ELECTION EFFORTS

  • California AG Becerra sent a cease and desist order to the California Republican Party to stop operating unofficial ballot drop boxes. This follows reports of unofficial drop boxes being operated by Republican campaigns in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Nevada AG Ford along with 27 other state attorneys general, obtained a judgment against Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc., and its subsidiary, CHSPSC LLC. This judgment resolves an investigation of a data breach that impacted approximately 6.1 million patients.

  • Guam AG Camacho's office offered tips to parents for social media and streaming services during Cyber Security Awareness Month.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Arizona AG Brnovich cautioned consumers to watch out for misleading sales tactics from companies selling over-the-counter hearing amplifiers.


OPIOIDS CRISIS

  • Florida AG Moody announced an improved, amended agreement between state attorneys general, local subdivisions, opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt, its subsidiaries and certain other affiliates.

CANNABIS

  • California AG Becerra announced the eradication of more than 1.1 million marijuana plants across 455 grow sites as part of the California Department of Justice’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program, the nation’s largest illegal marijuana eradication program. 

COMBATTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

  • As Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues through October, Kansas AG Schmidt asked Kansans to be mindful of ways they can help identify the signs of domestic violence and support victims, especially during this time of greater social isolation caused by the pandemic.
COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

  • Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced it will provide an additional $100 million in discretionary bonuses to recognize front-line hourly associates for their continued service and support of Lowe's communities, bringing the company's total commitment to associates and communities during the pandemic to more than $775 million.

  • JPMorgan Chase announced new long-term commitments to advance racial equity. The firm will harness its expertise in business, policy and philanthropy and commit an additional $30 billion over the next five years to provide economic opportunity to underserved communities, especially the Black and Latinx communities.


CONSUMER FINANCE


  • The CFPB issued a consent order against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (Nissan), an auto financing subsidiary of Nissan North America, Inc., which services auto loans and leases originated by Nissan and Infiniti dealerships nationwide. 
UPCOMING CHAIR'S INITIATIVE
Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends – 
 
The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and the AG Alliance (AGA) are proud to announce this year’s Chair Initiative:  A COVID-19 Attorney General Legal and Policy Response Manual. Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19. It is my honor to lead CWAG and the AGA in taking on some of the most challenging related legal and policy issues we face today.
 
Our proposal is ambitious. In a timely fashion we will put together public/private working groups, each led by a bi-partisan pair of member states to focus on these general topics: 
  1. Multiple approaches of a vaccine;
  2. Prioritization of vaccine administration;
  3. Consumer protection;
  4. Constitutional considerations;
  5. Antitrust considerations;
  6. Anticipated secondary impacts

Each working group will identify more specific legal and policy issues that can be addressed in their assigned area. Further, each working group will highlight at least one area to focus resources and develop an issue guide for policymakers. 
 
For example, the working group focused on prioritization may consider the legal risks for states if they prioritize a group of healthcare workers before issuing a vaccine to a first responders who then contract COVID-19 during a citizen call, or worse, a first responder who becomes a super-spreader. At each stage of vaccine distribution, how can states ensure geographic, age, race and economic equity? Perhaps the group tasked with examining constitutional issues can build consensus about how to cope with government employees in essential roles but who have religious objections to being vaccinated? Who will shoulder the liability for adverse effects from a vaccine? Do existing scope of duty regulations in states allow enough flexibility for a mass vaccination effort assuming adequate supply? Are there any antitrust concerns allowing reasonable collaboration among competitors when in service of producing and providing a reliable vaccine?
 
Attorneys General stand at the center of many of these debates whether through legal advice to Governors or because of enforcement authority entrusted to them directly. But Attorneys General are also tested public servants who can partner with good corporate citizens, “work up” with the Federal government and assist local governments with their needs. Working through these issues requires legal acumen, public trust, bi-partisanship and dedication. Attorneys General in collaboration with our partners will advance the dialogue and position ourselves to be at the center of the conversation, enabling a national response to COVID-19.

Please lookout for our full schedule and program agenda in the coming weeks.

For more information about participation, please contact Karen White (karen.white@agalliance.org) or David Blake (david.blake@agalliance.org).
 
Wayne Stenehjem
North Dakota Attorney General
2020-21 Chair, CWAG and AG Alliance
VIRTUAL SEMINAR LIBRARY
Missed our live programs? No problem! Follow the button below to visit our Virtual Seminar Library for access to all recordings.

Do you have a webinar topic suggestion? We want to hear from you! Please email ideas to Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.
CWAG Executive Committee
- Wayne Stenehjem - Phil Weiser -
- Jason Ravnsborg - Hector Balderas -

AG Alliance Co-Chairs
- Lawrence Wasden - Sean Reyes - Karl Racine -
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