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August 8, 2019
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2020 CWAG 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' 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
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Registration will open in the coming weeks. For questions or inquiries, please contact AG Alliance Meeting Manager Alejandra Stephens by email at AStephens@AGAlliance.org .
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Attorney General Becerra Welcomes Texas into Coalition Challenging Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint on Heels of Status Hearing in the Southern District of New York
August 1, 2019

On the heels of a status hearing in the southern district of New York, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement welcoming Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the coalition of now 15 attorneys general suing to block the proposed merger of telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint.

In addition to California, New York and Texas, the coalition challenging the merger includes Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Oklahoma Attorney General Hunter Releases Statement on FCC Commission Approving Measure to Ban Caller ID Spoofing in Text Messages and International Calls
August 1, 2019

Attorney General Mike Hunter commended Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting to implement rules to ban caller ID spoofing in text messages and international calls.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai originally proposed the rules to the commission in July following the recommendations of a bipartisan coalition of 42 state attorneys general, including Attorney General Hunter, in May.
Florida Attorney General Moody Secures Millions in Multistate Settlement
August 2, 2019

Attorney General Ashley Moody joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in a multistate lawsuit against Cisco Systems, Inc. concerning security surveillance system software sold in Florida. The multistate investigation began after a whistleblower came forward under the False Claims Act to assert that Cisco’s software had major flaws rendering the system vulnerable to hackers. Despite learning of the exposure, Cisco failed to report or remedy this security flaw for several years.

The Florida Attorney General’s Office conducted this investigation in coordination with the States of New York, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
Connecticut Attorney General Tong Releases Guidance to Protect Against Relationship Scams Using Social Media
August 7, 2019

Following an uptick in cases of fraud on Facebook and Instagram where scammers steal the identities of U.S. service-members to cheat people out of their money, Attorney General William Tong is urging Connecticut residents to be aware. These scammers will try to strike up an online relationship with you, earn your trust, and then steal money from you or your loved ones.
OPIOID CRISIS
Utah Attorney General Reyes Joins 39 State Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Remove Federal Barriers to Treat Opioid Use Disorder
August 5, 2019

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes sent a letter to Congressional leadership in both the House and Senate, asking for the removal of federal barriers that are currently preventing health care providers from offering treatment for opioid use disorder.

Utah is joined on the letter by attorneys general from Oklahoma, North Carolina, (the leaders of the letter); California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakoda, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
TOBACCO
Attorney General Kaul Joins Bipartisan Coalition of 43 Attorneys General Urging Video Streaming Industry to Protect Young Viewers from Tobacco
August 7, 2019

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content. Due to the growing use of tobacco products amongst teens, the attorneys general urge the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018.

Attorney General Kaul is joined by the Attorneys General of California, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
CANNABIS
California Department of Justice Releases New Medicinal Cannabis Guidelines
August 6, 2019

The California Department of Justice released the “Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Cannabis Grown for Medicinal Use” to clarify the state’s laws governing medicinal cannabis, specifically those related to the enforcement, transportation, and use of medicinal cannabis. The Guidelines come after significant changes in state law on recreational cannabis use.
COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Truckers Join Fight With Maryland Attorney General Against Human Trafficking
CBS Baltimore
August 1, 2019

Members of the trucking industry joined Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh in the fight against human trafficking. The Freedom Drivers Project pairs truckers against trafficking with law enforcement to stop human slavery.
STUDENT PROTECTION
Colorado Attorney General Weiser: Safe2Tell Reflects on Record Tip Submissions During 2018-2019 School Year
August 6, 2019

Safe2Tell released its monthly report. In July, the program received 551 tips, an 81 percent increase in monthly tip volume compared to July 2018. Suicide threats (110) and drugs (61) continued to be the top categories of tips reported to the program. For the 2018-19 school year (SY), which concluded on July 31, 2019, Safe2Tell received 19,861 actionable tips, a 28 percent increase over 2017-18 SY. The new Safe2Tell SY runs August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020.
ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION
4th Annual Attorney General Rosenblum’s Elder Abuse Conference – October 28-30, 2019

Attorney General Rosenblum's Fourth Annual Elder Abuse Conference will take place at the Salishan Spa & Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon starting with an optional happy hour on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM and ending on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST).

This a ​comprehensive ​conference ​for ​law ​enforcement, ​district ​attorneys, ​deputy ​district ​attorneys, ​U.S. ​Attorneys, ​Adult ​Protective ​Services, ​medical ​professionals, ​and ​individuals ​employed ​by ​federal, ​state ​or ​local ​governments.* Attendees will receive:
  • More than 10 hours of in-depth training from experts (CLE, CEU and DPSST credits are pending)
  • Extensive networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Two breakfasts
  • One lunch
  • Snacks and beverages

The ​cost ​to ​attend ​is ​$150 ​a ​person ​and ​does ​not ​include ​lodging. ​A ​block ​of ​rooms ​have ​been ​reserved ​at ​the ​Salishan Spa & Resort. ​ To reserve a room at the Resort, please visit the conference website or contact the Resort directly at 1-800-452-2300.

*If ​you ​are ​NOT ​a ​government ​employee ​and ​would ​like ​to ​register ​for ​the ​conference, ​please ​contact ​Ellen ​Klem ​at ​ Ellen.Klem@doj.state.or.us .
Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul Launches Abuse in Later Life Program
August 6, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), in partnership with the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, will be holding its Abuse in Later Life training and program kick-off for frontline professionals, supervisors, and agency decision makers that work with older adults at the Wisconsin State Bar.
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