Announcements, information and updates from The AG Alliance Members and Associates
March 12, 2020
COVID-19
The White House Resources and Updates

CDC to Award Over $560 Million to State & Local Jurisdictions in Support of COVID-19 Response (more  here )
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing another upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The $8.3 billion dollar Supplemental passed by Congress included  statutory language  which prescribed the exact formula for disbursing the money: states will receive 90% of their 2019 CDC PHEP grants . This marks the first tranche of funding to states from the $8.3 billion supplemental. Your state health officers are receiving a letter from CDC outlining what is needed to receive the funding, essentially they need to submit a spend plan and they will receive guidance on what that spend plan should contain.
 
White House Coronavirus Task Force Announces Community Mitigation Strategies for Seattle, Santa Clara
The White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended 30-day mitigation strategies for  Seattle-King, Pierce, and Snohomish County, Washington , and  Santa Clara County, California  due to widespread transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These mitigation activities are designed to address the effects of COVID-19 on areas that are experiencing community spread.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Guidance
As you know, nursing homes and their residents are vulnerable populations for COVID-19. This week,   CMS released updated guidance for infection control and prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes which can be found  here  (3/9). The Press Release can be found  here  and all CMS guidance related to COVID-19 can be found  here .

The White House Task Force on Coronavirus and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have released two helpful documents for State, local, tribal, and community leaders.
 
Actions for All Americans   (4-page slide deck)
  • Keeping the workplace safe
  • Keeping the school safe
  • Keeping the home safe
  • Keeping commercial establishments safe
 
Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and community spread in the United States. CDC’s all of community approach is focused to slow the transmission of COVID-19, reduce illness and death, while minimizing social and economic impacts. Framework includes:
  • Local Factors to Consider for Determining Mitigation Strategies
  • Community mitigation strategies by setting and by level of community transmission or impact of COVID-19
  • Potential mitigation strategies for public health functions
 
Recent Actions
  • HHS Supports Development of First High-Throughput COVID-19 Diagnostic Test (click here)
  • CMS Issues Key Protective Mask Guidance for Healthcare Workers (click here)
  • CMS Issues Clear, Actionable Guidance to Providers about COVID-19 Virus (click here)
  • CMS Issues Call to Action for Hospital Emergency Departments to Screen Patients for Coronavirus (click here)
  • Telehealth Benefits in Medicare are a Lifeline for Patients During Coronavirus Outbreak (click here)
SPRING DINNER
TO BE HELD IN DENVER ON APRIL 21
COVID-19 Update for our Members:

The health and wellbeing of our members, event attendees and staff is a top priority for the AG Alliance. With the information currently available, the Cannabis and Cybersecurity meetings and our Spring Dinner WILL continue as scheduled.

We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of the CDC and WHO. According to CDC, the immediate health risk for the general American public is considered  low. Please visit their current travel advice webpage for more information.

We are staying in close communication with officials and our event location in regards. We will provide additional updates as necessary.
The AG Alliance and Colorado Attorney General and CWAG Executive Committee Chair, Phil Weiser, will host our 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!
Articles on Subcommittee topics relevant to the work of Attorneys General.
( Note: Subscription may be required for access .)
CYBERSECURITY FEATURE:
Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust, Microsoft
CANNABIS WEBINAR: TODAY!
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.
RESPONSIBLE SPORTS BETTING
American Gaming Association Launches Responsible Sports Betting Ad Campaign
American Gaming Association
March 5, 2020

Fans in legal sports betting states will see in-arena responsibility messaging due to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) new public service campaign designed to educate fans and consumers about responsible sports betting practices.

The Have a Game Plan™, Bet Responsibly campaign is currently live in Capital One Arena in Washington, DC and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, with plans to launch in other sports betting markets soon. Through the campaign, the AGA is leading the gaming industry in responsible sports betting promotion, both in key markets and nationally. The effort also focuses on bolstering responsible gaming engagement from sports leagues, teams, and other new entrants into the sports betting ecosystem.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum Announces T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Settlement
March 11, 2020

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced a settlement with T-Mobile, resolving Oregon’s challenge to the company’s merger with Sprint. The settlement includes terms to protect low income subscribers throughout the state, extend access to underserved communities and protect current T-Mobile and Sprint employees in Oregon. T-Mobile will also reimburse Oregon and other states who had sued for legal costs and fees associated with the litigation and the underlying investigation. Oregon had joined the multistate lawsuit to block the anticompetitive merger in August, 2019. As part of the settlement, Oregon and the other coalition states agree not to appeal the New York court’s recent decision allowing the merger to go forward. 
Vermont Attorney General Donovan Sues Clearview AI for Violations of Consumer Protection Act and Data Broker Law
March 10, 2020

Attorney General Donovan filed a lawsuit against Clearview AI, a data broker that uses facial recognition technology to map the faces of Vermonters, including children, and sells access to this data to private businesses, individuals, and law enforcement. The complaint, filed in Chittenden Superior Court – Civil Division, alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and the new Data Broker Law. Along with the complaint, the State filed a motion for preliminary injunction, asking the Court to order Clearview AI to immediately stop collecting or storing Vermonters’ photos and facial recognition data.
CFPB Takes Key Steps to Prevent Consumer Harm; Proposes Whistleblower Award Program, Other Measures
CFPB
March 6, 2020

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) announced three steps to advance its strategy on one of its key priorities: preventing consumer harm.

The Bureau is:

Implementing an advisory opinion program to provide clear guidance to assist companies in better understanding their legal and regulatory obligations through advisory opinions;
Amending and reissuing its responsible business conduct bulletin, which articulates that the Bureau intends to provide credit to entities for their responsible conduct based on its extent and significance; and
Engaging with Congress to advance proposed legislation that would authorize the Bureau to award whistleblowers who report violations of Federal consumer financial law.
BANNING JUVENILE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
Washington Attorney General Ferguson's Legislative Proposal to Ban Solitary Confinement As Punishment for Juveniles Passes Legislature
March 6, 2020

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request legislation to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles passed the Washington State Legislature, in a strong bipartisan vote of 36-13.

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.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CAPITAL ONE
Championing for Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces
By Meghan Welch, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer, Capital One
March 11, 2020

In my role as Capital One’s Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer, I lead a talented team focused on helping our businesses attract, grow, nurture and develop a diverse workforce. We want every associate to feel a sense of belonging and thrive, finding meaning, purpose and connection in their work. 

Capital One’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging extends beyond our company and we continue to take a stand—to boldly share our voice—and advocate on behalf of our associates, customers and communities. In the last several months, Capital One has been a leading champion advocating for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and passage of other anti-discrimination bills.

Alongside senior leaders from across the company, I’ve spent time meeting with members of the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) who have oversight over diversity and inclusion policies and practices in the financial services industry. The HFSC has examined diversity and inclusion data and policies at 44 large financial services companies, including Capital One, and released a report summarizing its findings of the industry in mid-February. 
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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