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Volume 2, Number 2

National Association of Attorneys General Hosts Annual Spring Meeting in Nation Capital March 3-5
Lawrence Wasden, NAAG President and Idaho Attorney General
More than 40 Attorneys General from across the country will attend, as well as representatives from the ranks of trade associations, law firms, federal and state government officials and staff from other interested agencies and associations.
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The Transition to Digital Television: What Consumers Need to Know
Dennis Cuevas, Project Director and Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection
Next year, television stations across the country will begin sending computerized digital signals through the air. This switch --- from analog to digital broadcast television --- is referred to as the digital television transition. Television stations in U.S. markets currently broadcast in both analog and digital; however, Congress mandated that February 17, 2009 would be the last day for television stations to broadcast in analog. For viewers, while digital television can offer improved picture and sound, and potentially more programming options, an estimated 30 million televisions still use traditional antennas. Those television sets will “go to snow” without the required digital converter box. But a new federal program will help viewers make the transition.
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New Edition of NAAG Powers and Responsibilities Book Now Available
Emily Myers, Antitrust and Special Projects Counsel
The National Association of Attorneys General is pleased to announce that the definitive work on state Attorneys General, State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities (Second Edition) is now available. This useful reference book updates the previous edition, published in 1990. This book is the only publication that fully explores the unique office of state Attorney General, including its many responsibilities, its authority, and its interaction with other parts of state government.
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Employee Spotlight
Ashley Prevette, Criminal Law and Legislative Project Assistant
When Ashlee Prevette told her family that she was ready to leave North Carolina to move to Washington, D.C., they were supportive --- but there were definitely some raised eyebrows by her mother, father and younger brother and sister. The Mocksville native had never ventured too far from her small hometown of 4.5 square miles, populated by 4,187 residents. A 2007 public policy graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ashlee was eager to explore her growing interest in public service and the nation?s capitol provided the perfect backdrop. Several undergraduate internships and field work in local government led her to reevaluate her initial dreams of attending law school.
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Current State Efforts to Enforce the Master Settlement Agreement?s Cigarette Marketing Restrictions
Ilana Knopf, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Project
States that are parties to the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) have become increasingly concerned that several of R.J. Reynolds? recent promotions involving its Camel and Kool cigarette brands violate provisions in the MSA that restrict the advertising, marketing and promotion of the tobacco companies, particularly to youth. While some may argue that these individual promotions are minor and harmless infractions, at best, these incidents appear to reflect a systematic targeting of youth through numerous campaigns. This is trend is troubling as Attorneys General have long recognized that youth access to tobacco products ranks among the nation?s most serious public health problems. More than 400,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by tobacco use and studies show that more than 80 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before the age of 18.
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NAAG-Led Executive Working Group Discusses Computer Crime
Nick Alexander, Criminal Law Counsel
On January 18, 2008, the Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations (EWG) met for the first time outside of Washington, D.C., hosted by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers at his office in Denver, Colorado. The EWG is comprised of principal representatives from the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and the U.S. Department of Justice. The group was formed more than 30 years ago in an effort to increase cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. The overriding purpose is to provide a forum for federal, state and local law enforcement to engage in open and candid discussions regarding areas of mutual concern.
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CWAG Hosts Bi-National Smuggling Conference
The Conference of Western Attorneys General, chaired by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, is sponsoring a Bi-National Forum Toward A Regional Multi-Disciplinary Approach Addressing Smuggling on March 10-12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. All interested U.S. and Mexico State Attorneys General and federal officials are invited to attend. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen relations among members of the United States’ Conference of Western Attorneys General and Mexico’s National Conference of Attorneys General (CNJP). Participants will discuss developing opportunities to work together to reduce smuggling crimes, including human trafficking, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and other related crimes.
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