Tobacco Arbitration Begins with Chicago Hearing An arbitration proceeding involving a potential reduction in payments of over a billion dollars to the states�and the first opportunity to clarify key sections of the landmark 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) entered into by more than 50 tobacco manufacturers (known as Participating Manufacturers or PMs) and 52 states and territories (known as Settling States) -- began in earnest July 20 in Chicago. Full Article
Employee Spotlight As NAAG�s chief of staff and director of Administration and Association Services, Scott Messing is the �conductor� of all office operations, with a mission of achieving harmonious work flow. Full Article
NAGTRI Prepares Training Calendar for 2010-11 Chris Toth, Deputy Executive Director and NAGTRI Director The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) is planning an exciting 2010 � 2011 year of training opportunities for the Attorneys General offices with the continued financial support of NAAG�s Mission Foundation and with several grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. Full Article
Get to Know: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General and Patrick Lynch, Rhode Island Attorney General Founded in 1996, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has grown to include more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, Attorneys General and crime survivors. Over the years, in state legislatures and the halls of the U.S. Congress, Fight Crime members have become unexpected messengers, informing policy makers that effective investments in children�s programs can help reduce crime and save taxpayer dollars.