Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
June 4, 2020
ANNUAL MEETING:
DRAFT AGENDA & UPDATES
In an effort to accommodate our state attendees while adhering to capacity guidelines for health and safety, the AG Alliance Annual Meeting public sector registration will close this evening, Friday, June 5th at 5pm MT.

We are working closely with the Colorado Governor's office, the Broadmoor Resort and the CDC to create a safe environment and COVID-compliant meeting atmosphere. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

State registration is still open and available . To register and for more information, please email Ale Stephens at AStephens@AGAlliance.org.

Our latest draft agenda, available below, now includes 3 private subcommittee breakout sessions:
  • Alcohol Regulators Meeting (July 23)
  • Cannabis Regulators Meeting (July 23)
  • Cybersecurity Working Group (July 25)
*All subcommittee members will receive more information in the coming weeks. Please email Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org with questions.

Stay tuned as our future roundups will continue to feature information on COVID-19 travel and meeting best practices.

For all meeting or sponsorship-related i nquiries, please contact:
Ale Stephens 
303-304-9206
UPCOMING COVID WEBINARS
TODAY - COVID-19 Mortgage Servicing Issues
10am - 11:30am PST // 1 - 2:30pm EST
With Attorneys General Rosenblum (D-OR) and Rutledge (R-AR)
It's not too late to join, REGISTER NOW !
THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH from 1 - 2:30pm EST

Attorney General Hosts

  • Mark Brnovich, Arizona
  • TJ Donovan, Vermont

Panelists
  • Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Regents Professor, Director Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
  • Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher & Technologist, Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Jennifer Brody, Legislative Manager, AccessNow
  • Joseph Jerome, Multistate Policy Director, Common Sense Media

Registration
Registration is open and available to all interested parties. Please click on the button below to register. For any comments or questions, contact Andrea Friedman a t afriedman@agalliance.org.
ATTORNEYS GENERAL FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, RESPOND TO PROTESTS
Minnesota AG Ellison Announces Charges Against 3 Former Officers Involved in George Floyd Death, Additional Charge Against Chauvin
The Hill
June 3, 2020

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) has upgraded the charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes shortly before Floyd died, to second-degree murder.

Ellison also charged Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — the other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's death — with aiding and abetting second-degree murder Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.

Over the weekend, Gov. Tim Walz switched control of the case to Ellison, which gave him the ability to strengthen the charges.
Statement from Minnesota Attorney General Ellison on Death of George Floyd
May 26, 2020

It is legitimate for community members to be outraged by George Floyd’s death. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I strongly encourage everyone who wishes to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest to do so safely: use social distancing and wear a mask. It is an act of care for yourselves and your community to do so.

I send my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of George Floyd. We will seek justice and we will find it.
D.C. Attorney General Racine on the District's New Racial Justice Future
Karl Racine, The Washington Post
June 1, 2020

On May 25, George Floyd, an African American father, brother, son and parishioner was killed by four Minneapolis police officers. Like many across America and the world, I am infuriated, but, sadly, I am not surprised. As Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said, people are sick and tired of reliving the reprehensible history of murder perpetrated against African Americans, particularly black men, by white law enforcement officers.

In the absence of credible, nonpartisan and selfless national leadership, we must write down our vision of the future. State and local elected officials must listen to the concerns of their residents, including faith-based communities, to formulate and implement a more equal and just today and tomorrow. And residents must use their anger and frustration at the ballot box to engage in our democracy and elect leaders committed to this future.

For me, that includes police and communities righting past wrongs and building trust using well-resourced restorative justice efforts funded by government and accomplished by community groups. The District has successfully used this approach to empower victims and hold people who have committed criminal acts accountable without trapping them in a cycle of incarceration or hopelessness.
Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge Issues Statement On Little Rock Protests
May 30, 2020

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following the protests in Little Rock related to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

“Every American deserves justice, and I will always defend and protect our right to protest peacefully; however, we cannot tolerate violence and destruction. Arkansans, now is the time for civil discourse and not civil unrest,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Colorado Attorney General Weiser Statement Regarding Protests Related to the Death of George Floyd
May 29, 2020

“The last few weeks have again provided a window into what it means to be a person of color in America. The pain, frustration, and anger that many people feel from George Floyd’s death is understandable and justified. We are once again mourning the death of a young African-American man who died at the hands of the police. Hearing his story and mourning his loss should inspire us to come together, to do better.

“Our challenge now is how to both process and channel our emotions as we move forward. The path for making George Floyd’s memory a call to reform and renewal is through listening to each other and caring for one another, while advocating for change and engaging in peaceful protest. Together, this work can be done with the goal of improving our communities, our cities, and each other, rather than causing harm, injury, or greater loss.
Utah Attorney General's Office Statement on George Floyd Case
May 30, 2020

Over the past several years, our office has trained over 3,000 Utah officers in a virtual simulator/classroom on de-escalating violence and proper use of force. One of the architects of the program’s curriculum has consulted and trained cities like Ferguson and Baltimore on violence de-escalation, use of force and other critical incident scenarios to lessen the likelihood of violence between cops and the communities they are sworn to protect.
Oregon Attorney General Rosemblum: People of Color Caucus Recommendations
June 2, 2020

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued the following statement on the Oregon legislature’s People of Color Caucus policy recommendations issued recently pertaining to police accountability.

“In the aftermath of the tragic events involving police use of force in Minnesota, this is an appropriate time to review applicable statutes and procedures in Oregon and throughout the country.

“The People of Color Caucus has provided three policy recommendations designed to improve police accountability. One of these is for Oregon’s Attorney General and Department of Justice to be designated to investigate and prosecute any case involving death or serious physical injury resulting from use of force by law enforcement. We look forward to working with the caucus and other stakeholders across the state to refine these proposals in the weeks to come to ensure that we have fair and impartial procedures in place for independent investigations and prosecutions in all police use of force situations."  
Justice and Injustice: Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford Hosts Discussion With State Leaders Following Death of George Floyd, Protests Around America
May 31, 2020

Nevada Attorney General Ford facilitated a discussion with law enforcement, community leaders and members of the public on issues related to policing. The discussion took a special focus on the death of George Floyd and the recent protests in Nevada and around the country. 
ATTORNEY GENERAL
CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • California AG Becerra announced a settlement against Welk Resorts Inc. for its alleged misconduct in connection with the offering and sale of timeshare interests. The proposed stipulated judgment requires Welk to provide up to $3,550,000 in consumer restitution.

  • Hawaii AG Connors alerted consumers to scammer calls from a person claiming to be with a law enforcement entity soliciting payments, targeting registered sex offenders and requesting them to wire money to fulfill sex offender registration obligations or face getting arrested.

  • Washington AG Ferguson filed a civil lawsuit against Starkist, one of the world’s largest canned tuna manufacturers and the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, another large tuna manufacturer, over a price-fixing conspiracy that drove up the cost of packaged tuna for more than a decade, costing Washingtonians at least $6 million. 
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS


WORKER PROTECTION

  • Washington DC AG Racine announced that Instacart will expand its COVID-19 Extended Pay Program in order to address the Office of the Attorney General’s desire to expand protections for workers and protect public health.

DATA PRIVACY

  • California AG Becerra submitted proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The regulations will provide guidance to businesses on how to comply with the CCPA and will enable consumers to exercise new rights over their personal information. 

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
MILITARY & VETERAN AFFAIRS

  • Comcast NBCUniversal Military and Veteran Affairs, CNBC + Acorns, and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) partnered on a virtual, interactive, free event, “The Financial Path Forward: A Virtual Town Hall for America’s Veterans," where panelists discussed simple, straightforward and actionable strategies to empower veterans to achieve the American Dream they helped defend.

FINANCIAL PROTECTION

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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