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July 11, 2019
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2019 Annual Meeting Presentations

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2020 CHAIR'S INITIATIVE: REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Using Technology to Improve Social Justice

Building on CWAG's Cyber Security efforts, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’s Chair's Initiative will bring together leaders from the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors to discuss utilizing technology to strengthen our economy and improve public safety outcomes. 

Through this initiative, state attorneys general will jointly address cyber security as one of the greatest threats to our nation. Expanded collaboration among leading privacy and security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, law enforcement and government entities will address and offer mutual solutions for national and international cyber security concerns.
 
Initiative themes will include:
  • Protecting Children, Families and Consumers
  • Protecting Personal Data Privacy
  • Protecting Against Human Trafficking

Registration will open in the coming weeks. For questions or inquiries, please contact AGA Meeting Manager Alejandra Stephens by email at AStephens@TheAGAlliance.org .
AGA NEWS
CONSUMER PROTECTION
DC Attorney General Racine Sues Marriott for Charging Deceptive Resort Fees and Misleading Tens of Thousands of District Consumers
July 9, 2019

Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed a lawsuit against Marriott International, Inc., a multinational hotel company, for hiding the true price of hotel rooms from consumers and charging hidden resort fees to increase profits. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleges that Marriott’s deceptive and misleading pricing practices and failure to disclose fees harmed consumers and violated the District’s consumer protection laws. OAG’s lawsuit seeks to force Marriott to advertise the true prices of its hotel rooms up-front, provide monetary relief to tens of thousands of harmed District consumers, and pay civil penalties.
Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge Obtains Over $600,000 Judgment Against the Resort Place
July 8, 2019

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge obtained a judgment valued at more than $600,000 against The Resort Place LLC and owners Jay Allen Edmonson and Dora Ann Edmonson. The Resort Place operated under the names Resort Place Travel and C4Success. Based on allegations in the complaint, The Resort Place failed to book pre-paid vacations and used consumers’ credit card information to pay for other consumers’ vacations.
Department of the Interior Newsletter
Office of the Secretary, Intergovernmental and External Affairs
July 9, 2019

Secretary's Update
For the July 4 holiday, ABC News Radio presented “Cherished America,” a three-hour program that celebrated the nation through the places it has preserved.
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Sues Navy Over Impact of Expanded Growler Jet Operations
July 9, 2019

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the Navy’s expansion of its Growler airfield operations on Whidbey Island.
Montana Attorney General Fox: MVD’s REAL ID Campaign Receives Telly Awards
July 10, 2019

Montana State University-Billings (MSUB) received two Telly awards for the student designed and scripted Montana REAL ID public information campaign videos filmed by Spotlight Productions in partnership with the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)
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DATA PRIVACY
Nevada Attorney General Ford Joins Multistate Settlement Against Premera for Failure to Protect Sensitive Data of Millions Nationwide
July 11, 2019

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford and 29 other attorneys general filed a settlement today that requires Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, to pay $10 million to resolve claims about its failure to secure sensitive consumer data. Premera’s insufficient data security exposed the protected health information and personal information of more than 10.4 million consumers nationwide, including 49,529 Nevada consumers.

In addition to Nevada, today’s multistate settlement against Premera includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
State AGs Continue to Consider New Ways to Protect Data Privacy 
Reed Smith LLP
July 9, 2019

As states’ “top cops,” one of the primary responsibilities of state attorneys general (AGs) is consumer protection, and more and more AGs are focusing on how to protect consumer data privacy. Discussions at the recent Conference of Western Attorneys General (“CWAG”) Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara reflect this focus and demonstrate that state enforcers are looking at new authority, and new ways to expand their existing authority, to ensure that their citizens’ data privacy is protected.
MARIJUANA
US Lawmakers Look to Legalize Pot in ‘Historic’ Marijuana Reform Hearing
CNBC
July 10, 2019

U.S. lawmakers weighed reforming pot laws in what advocates called a “historic” hearing Wednesday, with numerous members of Congress saying they wanted to loosen federal laws, even legalize marijuana.

Eleven states have legalized adult recreational use and a majority of Americans support legalization. A number of bills are on the table that would reform federal marijuana laws. 
CHILD PROTECTION
Colorado Attorney General Weiser: Safe2Tell Sees Increase in Tips During First Month of School Summer Break
July 8, 2019

Safe2Tell released its monthly report. In June, the program received 674 tips, an 83 percent increase in monthly tip volume compared to June 2018. To date for the 2018-19 school year (SY), Safe2Tell has received 19,511 actionable tips, a 22 percent increase over 2017-18 SY. Suicide threats (181) and drugs (48) continued to be the top categories of tips reported to the program.
Idaho Attorney General Wasden, Investigators Arrest Twin Falls County Man for Alleged Distribution of Child Pornography
July 10, 2019

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit arrested a Twin Falls man for alleged distribution of child pornography.
STUDENT DEBT
Broken Promises: Teachers Sue U.S. Over Student Loans That Weren't Forgiven
NPR
July 11, 2019

The American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit in federal court. In the complaint, the union is asking the court to order the department to fix the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so that it meets legal standards. It's also asking the department to come up with an appeals process for people who believe they have been treated unfairly.
On May 14, 2019 Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum hosted the second national symposium on the student debt crisis in Portland, Oregon, with CWAG as a co-sponsor. The symposium entitled “The Student Debt Crisis: Lives on Hold”, included four panels featuring national experts who are helping solve the crisis.
CWAG Executive Committee
- Hector Balderas - Wayne Stenehjem -
- Phil Weiser - Mark Brnovich -

AGA Co-Chairs
- Lawrence Wasden - Sean Reyes - Karl Racine -
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