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State Attorneys General Discuss How To Protect The Public With Fewer State Dollars

Colorado Springs, Colo.  Thirty Attorneys General from the states and jurisdictions convene in Colorado Springs, Colo., today through Thursday to discuss critical state law enforcement and policy issues, including Ponzi schemes, DNA database sharing, tobacco, the U.S.-Mexico border and U.S. Supreme Court cases. It is the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Summer Meeting, June 16-18 and its theme is “Public Protection in Challenging Economic Times.”

“Every state is struggling financially, but through meetings like this one, where Attorneys General share information and ideas, we can maximize our efforts for our constituents,” NAAG President and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch said.

This meeting concludes President Lynch’s tenure as president of one of the nation’s oldest legal associations. The goal of his 2009 Presidential Initiative, “The Year of the Child,” has been to better educate, engage and empower children and their parents in the safe use of online technology. President Lynch hosted a May Summit on the issue during which such issues as cyberbullying, sexting, sexual predators, social networks and e-safety were discussed with Attorneys General and others.

“A year ago, I enlisted the assistance of Attorneys General on a NAAG mission to increase protections, decrease risks, and encourage a more just world for our children,” said President Lynch. “A year later, I can point to the progress that’s been made, including in my own state.”

During this meeting, NAAG will also elect new officers for 2009-2010 and host its annual awards ceremony to recognize the work of those who contribute to the Attorneys General offices, including NAAG’s most prestigious honor, the Kelley-Wyman Award, bestowed upon an Attorney General who has done the most to achieve the Association’s objectives.

NAAG President-Elect and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is expected to take the helm of the organization Wednesday night.

“NAAG is an outstanding organization full of talented people doing extraordinary things,” said Attorney General Bruning. “I am proud of NAAG’s history, and I’m looking forward to playing a role in its future.”

For a copy of the agenda, visit For more information or press credentials, contact Marjorie Tharp, 202-714-8559 or

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