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September 26, 2019
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Upcoming: CWAG-AGA Attorney General Authority and Cybersecurity Working Group
Friday, November 15, 2019
JW Marriott Camelback in Scottsdale, Arizona

This VIP Working Group session will run from 1-5pm with a cocktail reception and dinner to follow. Please email Andrea Friedman to provide a topic, panelist, or with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Arizona!
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Massachusetts Temporarily Banning Sale of Vaping Products
The Publics Radio
September 24, 2019

The governor of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's order appears to be the first of its kind in the nation, though at least two states, Michigan and New York, have moved to ban vaping flavors.
Attorney General Ford Leads Coalition Urging Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Bill
September 23, 2019

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford led a bipartisan coalition of 21 attorneys general urging Congress to pass the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act” or similar measures to allow legal cannabis-related businesses access to the banking system. Current federal banking laws, which reflect the federal status of marijuana as an illegal drug, force legitimate cannabis companies nationwide to operate mainly in cash. The STATES Act (H.R. 2093; S. 1028) would bring billions of dollars of existing cash transactions into the regulated banking sector, subject them to oversight, and reduce the risk of both violent and white-collar crime affecting the growing marijuana industry.

The STATES Act has widespread, bipartisan support with 60 cosponsors in the U.S. House and 10 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate.

The coalition of states and territories was led by Nevada AG Aaron D. Ford, District of Columbia AG Karl Racine and New York AG Letitia James. Other participating states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
North Carolina Attorney General Stein: The Survivor Act Will Put Rapists Behind Bars
September 19, 2019

Attorney General Josh Stein, joined by bill sponsors Reps. Carson Smith and Billy Richardson announced that Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law the Standing Up for Rape Victims Act, or Survivor Act, which provides $6 million to test sexual assault kits and requires local law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault kits for testing within 45 days of the kit’s collection. Doing so will deliver justice to more victims and prevent backlogs from occurring in the future.
Attorney General Becerra Secures Cease and Desist Orders and Over One Million Dollars in Penalties Against Three Charities for Deceptive Solicitations
September 20, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced three final decisions that upheld cease and desist orders issued against Catholic Medical Mission Board, Inc., Food for the Poor, Inc., and MAP International for their deceptive solicitation tactics. These charitable organizations solicited donations by deceptively implying to donors that up to 99 percent of their cash donations went to charitable programs, when in reality up to 40 percent of cash donations were used for administrative and fundraising costs. These organizations vastly inflated their revenue by valuing gift-in-kind drug donations at high U.S. market prices even though they knew they were shipping these donated drugs to overseas locations where their value was far lower. An administrative law judge ordered all three charities to cease and desist using deceptive statements when soliciting donations and ordered them to pay penalties totaling $1,490,175.
Army Corps of Engineers Places 6 Month Halt on Water Supply Rule
September 24, 2019

The Corps of Engineers has announced that it will halt the promulgation of the water supply rule for 6 months to allow for consultation with affected stakeholders.
Washington Attorney General Ferguson’s Initiative Ends No-Poach Clauses At 10 More Corporate Chains With Nearly 2,500 Locations Nationwide
September 20, 2019

 Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the latest progress in his initiative to end the use of no-poach clauses nationwide. In order to avoid a lawsuit, 10 additional corporate chains eliminated their no-poach practices nationwide by entering into legally enforceable agreements to remove the clauses from franchise contracts. The 10 chains have 80 locations in Washington and nearly 2,500 locations nationwide. This brings the total number of corporate chains that have signed legally binding agreements with Ferguson to eliminate no-poach clauses from all their franchise agreements nationwide to 85, representing more than 140,000 locations.
CWAG-AGA and Thomson Reuters Human Present:
Using Data to Disrupt Human Trafficking Supply Chains
Monday, September 30th, 2019
11am- 12pm MT
Event Link:  GoToWebinar  Webinar ID: 640-641-531
*Webinar will be live at the time of our scheduled event. Please make sure you register (left link) AND separately download and register with GoToWebinar to participate.
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 ​ .
Webinar: The Final California Consumer Privacy Act – What Are Your Obligations?
Hosted by Squire Patton Boggs
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

"The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) takes effect January 1, 2020. The California legislature passed a slew of amendments last week that alter the law in important ways, which are now being reviewed by the Governor and will be finalized by October 13, 2019. Join our webinar just a few days later, on October 17, when Elliot Golding and Lydia de la Torre will explain requirements under the CCPA and practical steps to comply, including an analysis of how the law is modified by the amendments related to employee data, B2B data, loyalty programs, disclosure methods, parental consent, and other issues."
CWAG Executive Committee
- Hector Balderas - Wayne Stenehjem -
- Phil Weiser - Mark Brnovich -

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