Sanctuary cities, abortion, gas fraud, overtime tops Texas AG action list

Texas gas prices (NL)

Senate Bill 4 is lawful and similar to Arizona’s law

Some gas stations caught charging $6-$8 dollars per gallon

 

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The Office of the Attorney General today issued the following statement after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito granted a temporary stay of a district court ruling that required nine of Texas’ 150 House districts to be redrawn:

We applaud Justice Alito’s decision today, just as we applauded his temporary stay of the district court’s ruling on Texas’ congressional seats last week,” said Marc Rylander, director of communications for the attorney general’s office. “We look forward to vigorously defending the redistricting maps used in the last three election cycles at the United States Supreme Court.”

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Attorney General Paxton filed a motion to stay with the Supreme Court today after the district court turned down his stay request 39 minutes after it was filed. The lower court ordered a hearing early next month to consider remedial plans to redraw both the House and congressional maps. Justice Alito’s order stays that hearing.

“Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and similar to provisions of the state of Arizona’s law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld. Sanctuary cities pose a threat to Texas communities by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and allowing criminal aliens back on our streets.”– Marc Rylander

Senate Bill 4 affirms the right and duty of law enforcement agencies throughout Texas to detain individuals pursuant to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) federal detainer program. The program enforces immigration law and helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities.

Unborn Human Life

Senate Bill 8

Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed displeasure with a district court ruling today granting a temporary restraining order against a law protecting unborn human life from dismemberment abortions. The law, known as Senate Bill 8, was passed during the regular session of the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott. It was set to take effect tomorrow, September 1.

Abortion by dismemberment kills fetuses by tearing them limb from limb while they are still alive, causing the unborn victim to bleed to death. The U.S. Supreme Court holds that states have an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life, including unborn life.

“Dismemberment abortions are gruesome and inhumane, which makes it troubling that a district court would block Texas’ lawful authority to protect the life of unborn children from such a barbaric practice. The Texas Attorney General will continue to defend our state’s legal right to protect the basic human rights and dignity of the unborn.” — Marc Rylander

In its ruling, the district court wrote that the ban on dismemberment abortions would likely pose a burden on second-trimester abortions. In fact, SB 8 does not ban all forms of second-trimester abortions, but ensures more humane treatment of the unborn child.

Gas Station Fraud

Texas gas prices

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a warning to gas stations against any attempt to take advantage of Texas consumers by fraudulent action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office received more than 500 complaints today, many of which involve allegations of high fuel prices in Dallas, including amounts ranging from $6-$8 dollars per gallon.

“Texas law protects consumers from fraud in Dallas and other parts of Texas outside of the governor’s declared disaster areas. If Dallas consumers are victims of fraud by gas stations, we urge them to contact our agency’s consumer protection hotline so that we can investigate and take appropriate action.” — Marc Rylander,

Victims of fraud can report it immediately by calling the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-621-0508, emailing consumeremergency@oag.texas.gov, or filing a complaint online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. Consumers are encouraged to submit photos and photo copies of gas receipts with their complaints, if possible.

Unlawful Overtime Rule

Paxton today announced that Texas, Nevada and 19 other states, won a final judgment from a federal district court ruling that invalidates the U.S. Department of Labor’s unlawful Overtime Rule. The Obama-era edict more than doubled the salary threshold for a worker to be entitled to overtime, which would force many state and local governments, as well as private businesses, to substantially increase their employment costs. 

“I applaud the court’s ruling, which represents a victory for the American worker and prevents an unlawful revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The Overtime Rule limits workplace flexibility without a corresponding increase in pay and forces employers to cut their workers’ hours. This was one of the many egregious examples of federal overreach that occurred during the Obama era.” — Marc Rylander

Last November, a federal district court granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the rule. “The Final Rule…is contrary to the statutory text and Congress’s intent” and “Congress, and not the Department, should make that change,” the court wrote.

Texas and Nevada were joined in the lawsuit by Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. 

 

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