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May 9, 2019
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CRYPTO-CURRENCY
The Wall Street Journal
JOIN US NEXT WEEK FOR AN IMPORTANT DISCUSSION ON STUDENT DEBT
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
MARIJUANA
Majority Of State Attorneys General Tell Congress To Pass Marijuana Banking Bill
Forbes
May 8, 2019

The top law enforcement officials from 38 U.S. states and territories are calling on Congress to pass legislation to increase marijuana businesses' access to banks. The move comes just days after the treasurers of 17 states issued a separate call in support of the pending cannabis financial services bill.

The call for action was joined by the attorneys general of the following states and territories:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, the Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Secures Default Judgement against Out of Compliance Charity in First-of-its-Kind Order
May 1, 2019

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the default judgement against an out-of-state non-profit organization that was not complying with state law. This judgement against the “For All Kids” Foundation is the first of its kind in New Mexico, and the first as part of a statewide charity compliance sweep being conducted by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.
Attorney General Ford, 41 States Urge Federal Communications Commission to Take Action Against Robocalls, Caller ID Spoofing
May 6, 2019

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford sent comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting that further action be taken to stop the growing number of illegal robocalls and spoofing. Spoofing is on the rise, and is a technique that allows scammers to disguise their identities, making it difficult for law enforcement to bring them to justice. “Spoofers” can manipulate a call, regardless of where the call originates, to appear on a consumer’s caller ID as being made from a phone number that has the same local area code as the consumer. This manipulation of caller ID information increases the likelihood that the consumer will answer the call.

In addition to Nevada, attorneys general from the following states and territory participated also signed on to the comment letter: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.
LEGAL SERCIVES CORPORATION
Mississippi Attorney General Hood Urges Congress to Fund Legal Services Corporation
May 2, 2019

Attorney General Jim Hood joined a bipartisan coalition of 42 attorneys general in a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to request funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is a nonprofit legal services organization established by Congress in 1974 to promote equal access to justice for all Americans by funding independent nonprofit legal aid programs across the country.

General Hood joined this letter with AGs from the following states: Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
OPIOID CRISIS
Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul Fights Opioid Epidemic; Collects More Than 58,000 lbs. of Unused Medications
May 2, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that at Drug Take Back Day, held on April 27, 2019, Wisconsin had a preliminary collection of 58,408 lbs.
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