California Attorney General Updates

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August 16, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, filed an appellate brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the states' challenge to President Trump's unlawful diversion of funding to construct a border wall. In consolidated appeals, the states and the Sierra Club assert that the Trump Administration has unlawfully and unconstitutionally attempted to take nearly $2.5 billion of Department of Defense funding from the projects and programs to which it was appropriated by Congress and instead use it for the construction of a [...]
Fri, Aug 16, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 16, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govWorking families across the U.S. rely on safety net programs – if rule were applied to citizens across the country, a substantial portion would be considered likely a ‘public charge' California is home to over 10 million immigrants and half of all children in the state have an immigrant parent SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today led a multistate coalition in challenging in court the Trump Administration's Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule, known as the “Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Public Charge Rule.” The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. [...]
Fri, Aug 16, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 15, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 12 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter opposing a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that risks exposing endangered species to harmful pesticides. Under the proposal, the EPA would substantially alter the current method used to determine whether, and to what extent, a pesticide “may affect” an endangered species or critical habitat and thereby trigger the requirement to consult with federal wildlife agencies regarding pesticide impacts and mitigation measures. In the comment letter, the Attorneys General assert the proposal will [...]
Thu, Aug 15, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 15, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a multistate coalition in filing a comment letter opposing the Trump Administration's attempt to illegally limit access to the asylum process. Under the rule, individuals entering the United States at the southern border, except in limited circumstances, are no longer able to seek asylum unless they applied for and were denied protection in at least one country they transited through prior to their arrival. In a comment letter, the coalition urges the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to [...]
Thu, Aug 15, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 14, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the arrest and arraignment of Dr. Thomas Keller for the deaths of five patients. The patients' deaths allegedly resulted from Dr. Keller's practice of over-prescribing dangerously high levels of addictive opioids and narcotics to his patients. Dr. Keller allegedly prescribed powerful narcotics and opioids used to alleviate pain — including Vicodin, oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, and morphine — at levels well outside accepted medical practice. Dr. Keller faces multiple criminal charges related to nine patients, including charges of second-degree murder and felony elder abuse in connection with [...]
Wed, Aug 14, 2019
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August 13, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govThe proposed rule will eliminate protections against discrimination for women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) proposed rule to drastically undermine Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination in federal healthcare programs, benefits, and services. Specifically, Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, [...]
Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 13, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govEPA's rollback and alternative plan will significantly increase emissions SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Governor Gavin Newsom, and Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols today — as part of a coalition of 22 states, the District of Columbia, and six local governments — filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's repeal of the Clean Power Plan and its replacement rule, the so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. The ACE Rule, a toothless substitute finalized on June 19, 2019, does nothing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions or to promote clean energy generation. Instead, the new [...]
Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today issued the following statements in response to the announcement by the Trump Administration of its final rule rolling back key provisions of the Endangered Species Act: “As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency, now is the time to strengthen our planet's biodiversity, not to destroy it,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our precious wildlife and ecosystems are in critical danger. By rolling back the Endangered Species Act the Trump Administration would be putting a nail in our coffin – all [...]
Mon, Aug 12, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov The rule will have devastating impacts on California's economy and will negatively impact nearly every community, regardless of immigration status SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today vowed to fight the Trump Administration's inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule, known as the “DHS Public Charge Rule”. The DHS Public Charge rule rewrites policies that limit who can obtain or keep legal immigration status based on the use of publicly-funded programs. The Rule will block the path to citizenship for lower income immigrants and prevent lower income Americans from sponsoring family members to [...]
Mon, Aug 12, 2019
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August 12, 2019Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govCalifornia to Intervene as Defendant in Alabama Census Case to Ensure Electoral College Count Is Not Distorted SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today, as part of a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — filed a motion to intervene as a defendant in Alabama v. U.S. Department of Commerce. The 26-member coalition is intervening to oppose the State of Alabama's attempt to advance a discriminatory agenda and tilt power within Congress and the Electoral College [...]
Mon, Aug 12, 2019
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY