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March 28, 2019
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The Washington Post
2019 NAAG PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE SUMMIT
2019 NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit Registration Reminder!
 
Join Attorney General Landry in Lafayette, La. on April 25-26, 2019, for the Presidential Initiative Summit on Emergency and Crisis Management. The Presidential Initiative Summit will be a major milestone in Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's presidential focus on emergency preparedness and response. It will bring together attorneys general and their government and private sector partners to exchange best practices, ideas, insights and experiences in coping with emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made. Issues to be addressed include maintaining communications during a disaster, active shooter preparation and response, infrastructure issues, and best practices to ensure an attorney general office is prepared.

Hotel Information

NAAG's room block at the DoubleTree has now been exhausted. NAAG has contracted rooms at the Fairfield Inn which is in walking distance of the DoubleTree. Please  click here   for more information for booking a room at our overflow hotel.

Registration Information

Click here to register now.  For any questions, please contact Erika Rudiger .
CWAG SPRING DINNER
CWAG invites you to attend our 2019 Spring Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Drago's Seafood Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, in conjunction with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit. Attorneys General and private sector supporters will join together for a highly personal and engaging dinner with approximately 15-20 Attorneys General at The DoubleTree Hotel.

The CWAG 2019 Spring Dinner begins with a reception for all attendees from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in Salon A immediately followed by dinner from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Ballroom at The DoubleTree Hotel.

If you need more information or if you have any questions, please contact meeting manager Ale Stephens at  astephens@cwagweb.org  or 303.304.9206.

 We hope to see you in Lafayette!
OREGON STUDENT DEBT CRISIS SYMPOSIUM
The Student Debt Crisis: Lives On Hold
May 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Portland, OR

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to attend the Second National Symposium on the Student Debt Crisis. Please join us along with national leaders who are helping address and solve this serious crisis, followed by a reception. For questions or more info, contact Ellen.Klem@doj.state.or.us
STURGEON V. FROST
Supreme Court Reaffirms State Sovereignty Over Navigable Rivers

After a 12-year battle with the National Park Service, including two trips to the Supreme Court, John Sturgeon won the right to continue using his hovercraft on the Nation River in Alaska’s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. In a unanimous decision, Justice Kagan, writing for the Supreme Court, concluded that the Nation River is not “public land” for purposes of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), and therefore, the National Park Service lacked authority to preclude Sturgeon’s use of hovercraft on the river. As discussed in the attached summary this case, the decision addresses public lands, federalism, and federal reserved water right issues that impact all states.

The Court’s analysis turned on two points: 1) statutory interpretation of the term “public land” in Section 103(c) of ANILCA; and, 2) ownership of the bed of the Nation River. While the Court’s statutory construction analysis only applies to lands within Alaska, its ownership analysis involves significant legal issues affecting public lands, federalism and water rights throughout the nation.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
California Attorney General Becerra Issues Tax Tips for Consumers Ahead of Filing Deadline for Tax Season
March 21, 2019

Ahead of the April 15 deadline to file income tax returns, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced tips to encourage safe tax filing and preparation, and prevent tax-related identity theft. Each year, millions of California taxpayers file their taxes and many look forward to receiving tax refunds. Unfortunately, tax season also draws scam artists who prey on individuals who may need help with filing their taxes. This alert explains some of the most common tax season scams and provides Californians with resources to find reputable tax help.
North Carolina Attorney General Stein Alerts: Beware of Ticket Sale Scams
March 25, 2019

If you’re a sports fan, we’re in the best time of the year to cheer on your favorite North Carolina teams in person. But because ticket sales are on the rise, it means ticket scams might be as well.
 
Here are some ways to make sure you’re buying authentic tickets that aren’t overpriced.
  • Buy through reputable ticket sale sites, or better yet, buy through the athletic team or league’s site, like the NCAA. And before you buy, do a quick search to make sure that the ticket prices are comparable to prices from other sites.
  • Look for and read the refund policy carefully. Reputable sellers should have this information clearly displayed, and they should be able to answer any questions you have about your tickets.
  • Use a credit card when you’re buying the tickets so you can dispute the charge if there’s an issue.
  • If tickets are being resold in person, remember that state law prohibits charging anything more than $3 over the face value of the ticket.
  • Be suspicious of any emails that claim you’ve won tickets or are eligible to purchase them for super-low prices. These are often phishing scams to get your personal or financial information.
Texas Attorney General Paxton Reaches Settlement with Unofficial Ticket-Seller for Deceptive Hidden Fees
March 27, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a final judgment and permanent injunction against Guided Tourist, LLC, an Austin-based third-party online booking company that advertises and sells tickets to tour national parks and monuments, including the Statue of Liberty and Alcatraz Island. The State’s lawsuit shows that Guided Tourist, LLC failed to disclose to consumers that it is not as official ticket vendor and inadequately discloses its booking fees, legal name, contact information, hours of operation, and refund policy.
OPIOID CRISIS
Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul Releases Data on Drug Cases Submitted to State Crime Lab
March 26, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that new data on drug evidence submitted to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratories (WSCLB) since 2008 is available for the public’s review.
Oklahoma Attorney General Hunter Announces Historic $270 Million Settlement with Purdue Pharma, $200 Million to Establish Endowment for OSU Center for Wellness
March 26, 2019

Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma State University leaders announced an historic settlement with Purdue Pharma that will establish a nearly $200 million endowment at the Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery, which will go toward treating the ongoing addiction epidemic nationwide.
Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul Expands Efforts to Fight Opioid Epidemic; Joins Multistate Investigations of Opioid Distributors
March 26, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced Wisconsin has joined multistate investigations of opioid distributors and is seeking support for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) budget request.
TOBACCO
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Legislation to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21 Passes Legislature
March 27, 2019

Without this change, tobacco addiction will shorten the lives of 104,000 Washington kids alive. With a bipartisan vote of 33-12 in the Washington State Senate, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation to raise the sale age for tobacco and vapor products to 21.
ANTI-REVENGE PORNOGRAPHY LAW
Texas Attorney General Pax­ton Files Brief with State’s High­est Crim­i­nal Court to Defend Texas’ Anti-Revenge Pornog­ra­phy Law
March 26, 2019

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending Texas’ anti-revenge pornography law. He asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn last year’s decision by the 12th Court of Appeals that blocked the law.
SPORTS BETTING
Attorney General Morrisey Leads Bipartisan Coalition To Protect State Lotteries
March 22, 2019

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led a group of 25 attorneys general in expressing concern over a sweeping legal opinion that may negatively impact state-run and multi-state lotteries, including Mega Millions and Powerball.
 
The letter, sent late Thursday to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, argues the federal government’s new legal opinion could reach beyond the realms of sports gambling and into areas traditionally controlled by the states, potentially jeopardizing in-state lotteries.

The West Virginia-led letter received support from attorneys general in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
MICHIGAN ELDER-ABUSE TASK FORCE
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Announces Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force
March 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined with Supreme Court Justices, state prosecutors and legislators to announce the formation of the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force.
NEW US AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO
Trump To Nominate Washington lawyer Ambassador To Mexico: White House
Reuters
March 18, 2019

President Donald Trump will nominate a Washington attorney, Christopher Landau, to be the next United States Ambassador to Mexico, the White House Press Office said.

The nomination comes at a time of strained relations between the neighbors amid trade disputes, Trump’s complaints about undocumented immigrants crossing the border, and his efforts to build an extended border wall.Roberta Jacobson, the previous U.S. ambassador, stepped down in May.
CONGRATULATIONS
Reed Smith Adds Former Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General Paul Connell As partner to Expanding State AG Team
March 27, 2019

Global law firm Reed Smith announced the addition of two attorneys to the firm’s expanding state Attorneys General (AG) team, as well its global IP, Tech & Data practice group.

Paul W. Connell, the former Deputy Attorney General and Senior Counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, joins Reed Smith as a partner, and Aaron R. Lancaster, former counsel at Baker Hostetler, joins as counsel. Both are resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, and Connell will also spend time in the Chicago office.
ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIP NEWSLETTER
AILD
Updated American Indian Law Deskbook Is Now Available

The American Indian Law Deskbook  is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years.

American Indian Law Deskbook  addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner.
Topics include:
  • Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes
  • Indian lands
  • Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction
  • Civil rights
  • Indian water rights
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Environmental regulation
  • Taxation
  • Gaming
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements
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