Announcements, information and updates from The AG Alliance Members and Associates
February 20, 2020
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SPRING DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
The AG Alliance and Colorado Attorney General and CWAG Executive Committee Chair, Phil Weiser, announce our AGA 2020 Spring Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at the Ritz Carlton in Denver, Colorado.

For questions regarding Spring Dinner or sponsorship, please contact Meetings & Events Manager Ale Stephens at AStephens@AGAlliance.org or 303.304.9206. 

This year, the AG Alliance will also host two additional on-site subcommittee meetings.
The Cybersecurity Working Group and Cannabis Project Meeting are invitation-only. For more information, please contact project leads:
Cybersecurity Working Group
Andrea Friedman

Cannabis Project
Austin Bernstein

As always, the AG Alliance and our Attorneys General appreciate your participation and support!
CANNABIS
CWAG-AGA and Thomson Reuters Present:
Cannabis Law and Policy
Thursday, March 12, 2020
1 - 2PM EST
Event Registration:  GoToWebinar
Webinar ID: 287-120-515

*Webinar will be live at the time of our scheduled event. Please register with GoToWebinar beforehand to participate. Audio call instructions are listed below.

Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia, invites Attorneys General, staff, and any interested parties to join in a webinar titled, “Cannabis Law and Policy” Please find full host, moderator and speaker details below.
  
During this webinar, General Racine will lead a focused discussion to provide public sector attorneys and staff with an opportunity to participate in a multi-part educational series on key legal and policy issues.

HOST:
Karl Racine
Attorney General for the District of Columbia

MODERATOR :
Gina Jurva Esq.
Attorney & Manager, Thomson Reuters Thought Leadership Enterprise

PANELISTS:
  • John Hudak, Deputy Director - Center for Effective Public Management, Senior Fellow - Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Professor Robert Mikos, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR JUVENILES
Washington Attorney General Ferguson's Bill Banning Solitary Confinement as Punishment for Juveniles Pass House With Bipartisan Support
February 13, 2020

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request legislation to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles passed the Washington State House of Representatives, in a strong bipartisan vote of 76-20.

There is a growing national consensus that placing juveniles in solitary confinement is inhumane and does not improve behavior. Studies have shown solitary confinement to be both emotionally and psychologically damaging for youth, as well as ineffective at improving behavior. Solitary confinement exacerbates stress and other mental health conditions, particularly for youth.
OPIOID CRISIS
Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Leads Bipartisan Coalition Fighting Creation of ‘Negotiation Class’ that Undermines Opioid Multidistrict Litigation
February 18, 2020

 Attorney General Mark Brnovich and 12 other attorneys general recently urged the federal appeals court in Cincinnati to reverse an Ohio federal judge’s order that undermines the ability of States to negotiate a comprehensive opioid settlement. The attorneys general allege that no grant of legislative or constitutional authority permitted the District Court to certify a “negotiation class” to resolve multidistrict litigation against entities who played a role in the opioid crisis. The attorneys general state that they are better suited to coordinate with other states and negotiate a comprehensive settlement that will provide for all citizens rather than just specific political subdivisions.

Currently, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has ongoing litigation against opioid manufacturers and is already seeking restitution for the public.

Attorneys general from the following states are part of this brief: Arizona, Alaska, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
GAMING
American Gaming Association (AGA), and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Launch Partnership to Combat Unregulated Gaming Machines
AGA
February 18, 2020

The American Gaming Association (AGA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced a new partnership to combat the unchecked spread of unregulated gaming machines throughout the United States. The ongoing campaign will focus on providing state and local policymakers, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies with new resources and tools to stop the proliferation of unregulated gaming machines.
CHILD PROTECTION
Wendy’s Resolves Child Labor Law Violations at Massachusetts Locations
February 18, 2020

Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office has reached a $400,000 settlement with Wendy’s International LLC that resolves allegations that the company violated Massachusetts child labor laws at its 46 corporate-owned locations across the state.
COMBATTING DRUG TRAFFICKING
New York Attorney General James, NY Drug Enforcement Task Force, And NY Strike Force Take Down Bronx Gun And Heroin Trafficking Ring
February 13, 2020

New York Attorney General Letitia James and the New York Strike Force announced a 107-count indictment, charging five individuals for their roles in a gun trafficking operation that illegally sold 16 firearms in the Bronx. The indictment — unsealed in Bronx County Supreme Court — charges Luis Alsina, Michael Alsina, Miguel Rodriguez, Josue Pagan-Adorno, and Rafael Cruz with trafficking numerous assault weapons, semiautomatic pistols, revolvers, 11 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, and more than three hundred rounds of ammunition. The indictment additionally charges Luis Alsina and Michael Alsina with various counts pertaining to the sale of approximately 250 grams of heroin.
UPDATES
American Samoa Attorney General Talauega Officially Steps Down to Run for Lt. Governor.
February 16, 2020
Samoa News

At the conclusion of a Senate committee hearing, Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale officially announced publicly that he was stepping down as Attorney General.

He expressed sincere appreciation and thanked the Senate and its leadership for their trust and confidence in him, by twice-confirming him to the AG post.

We express gratitude to former AG Talauega for his continued commitment to the Attorney General Alliance!
CALIFORNIA DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION
HIGH TECH SYMPOSIUM
CWAG Executive Committee
- Hector Balderas - Mark Brnovich -
- Wayne Stenehjem - Phil Weiser -

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