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February 27, 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
DATA PRIVACY
Attorney General Becerra Updates Congress on California Consumer Privacy Act, Urges Expansion with Future Legislation
February 25, 2020

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to members of Congress with an update on California’s implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In the letter, the Attorney General urged Congress to use federal legislation to build on rather than preempt the consumer rights and privacy protections made possible by the CCPA or other state law. Attorney General Becerra further emphasized that Congress should provide consumers with greater enforcement power and be a partner to the states in the work of protecting consumer privacy.
New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Sues Google for Illegally Collecting Personal Data of State's School Children
February 20, 2020

Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against Google, LLC alleging the tech giant is illegally collecting personal information from New Mexico school children under 13, in violation of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act. Google offers its G Suite for Education products (including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and other services), along with Google Chromebook laptop computers, to school districts across New Mexico at no cost. In his lawsuit, the Attorney General alleges that Google then uses its products to collect large quantities of valuable personal information, without their parents’ consent, from children under 13 who are often required by their schools to use these services.
Utah ICAC Task Force Arrests Vernal Man Who Possessed Over 23,000 Files of Child Porn and Child Anime Porn
February 25, 2020

The Utah Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested a man in Vernal, Utah after an investigation revealed more than 23,000 files containing child porn and child anime porn.
OPIOID CRISIS
Illinois Attorney General Raoul Applauds $1.6 Billion Global Settlement With Generic Opioid Manufacturer
February 25, 2020

Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced his support for a global settlement framework agreement between states and local jurisdictions and Mallinckrodt (MNK) and its subsidiaries for its role in the opioid epidemic. MNK is currently the largest generic opioid manufacturer in the United States.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Mobile Methadone Vans
Drug Enforcement Administration
February 25, 2020

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released notice of proposed rulemaking on Mobile Methadone Vans for public comment. The public comment period will close in 60 days; at a later date the DEA is expected to publish a final rule. 
E-CIG/VAPING
Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum Leads Bipartisan Coalition Looking into JUUL’s Targeting of Youth Vaping
February 25, 2020

Attorney General Rosenblum joined her leadership team, the Attorneys General of Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, and Texas, to announce a bipartisan, multistate investigation into JUUL Labs. The 39-state multistate coalition is investigating JUUL’s marketing and sales practices, including targeting of youth, claims regarding nicotine content, and statements regarding risks, safety and effectiveness as a smoking cessation device.
CYBERSECURITY
Colorado Attorney General Weiser Webinar Recap:To Pay or Not to Pay: Managing Government Risk in the Age of Ransomware Attacks
Gina Jurva, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute
February 26, 2020

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and panelists, addressed concerns related to ransomware demands and attacks on a recent webinar, Cybercrime & Ransom Attacks, conducted by the Attorney General Alliance and Thomson Reuters. The group explored the overall threat landscape, best practices for managing your risk, and cyber-incident response planning for both corporate and government agencies.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Issues Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Time-Barred Debt Disclosures
CFPB
February 21, 2020

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) issued a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Supplemental NPRM) regarding the collection of time-barred debt. The Bureau proposes to prohibit collectors from using non-litigation means (such as calls) to collect on time-barred debt unless collectors disclose to consumers during the initial contact and on any required validation notice that the debt is time-barred. Consumer research conducted by the Bureau found that a time-barred debt disclosure helps consumers understand that they cannot be sued if they do not pay. That can help consumers make better informed decisions whether to pay the debt or not.
FORENSIC DNA
California Attorney General Becerra Announces Missing Persons DNA Breakthrough
February 24, 2020

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a DNA technology advancement that will enable the California Department of Justice (Department) to increase its ability to successfully identify unknown persons. The Department is the first accredited state crime lab in North America to begin fully sequencing mitochondrial DNA, which makes it easier to test degraded evidence samples that have been subjected to harsh environmental conditions. This advancement is particularly important for being able to process DNA involving unknown human remains and help families find closure regarding loved ones who have gone missing.
BANKRUPTCY VENUE REFORM ACT
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Supports Bill Limiting "Venue Shopping" In Corporate Bankruptcy Filing
February 25, 2020

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has joined a bipartisan coalition of 42 state and territory attorneys general in supporting H.R. 4421, the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that will prevent a corporation from filing for bankruptcy in a District that it believes would be more favorable on issues to the debtor’s advantage—a practice known as “forum shopping”—when the corporation’s principal place of business or assets are located in a different district, which imposes a burden on states and other creditors who may have to travel and incur significant expenses to pursue their claims.

In signing the letter co-sponsored by the attorneys general of Maryland, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, Attorney General Reyes joins the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  
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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