Volume 3, Number 1

February 18, 2009

NAAG Offers Its Priority Issues for Federal Government
Blair Tinkle, General Counsel to the Association and Congressional Liaison
With the Obama administration and the 111th Congress now underway, state Attorneys General are poised to present a clear agenda for state-federal work and cooperation. NAAG has already given an Interim Briefing Paper to the Obama administration and Congress outlining the priority issues of the states? chief legal officials. As an initial matter, NAAG is asking the new president and Congress to resist federal preemption of state laws, particularly in the enforcement of state banking and mortgage foreclosure laws.
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A New Legal Weapon in Combating Prescription Drug Diversion
Judy McKee, End of Life Healthcare Counsel and Nick Alexander, Criminal Law Counsel
On Oct. 15, President Bush signed into law H.R. 6353, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (Public Law No. 110-425). The legislation responds to the heightened concern regarding the ease of purchasing controlled drugs without a legitimate prescription over the Internet. The new law, which takes effect in April 2009, is named after an 18-year old California resident who died after taking Vicodin purchased from an online pharmacy without his ever seeing or talking with a doctor.
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Clearing the Road of Flood-Damaged Vehicles
Ellen Taverna, Project Manager and Counsel, Consumer Protection Project
Severe weather such as hail, hurricanes, and thunderstorms can cause significant damage to homes, commercial property, and surrounding areas. A rising problem resulting from these natural disasters is the number of cars that are damaged by the floodwaters. Instead of junking damaged cars, some unscrupulous sellers simply clean them up before putting them back on the market. How can consumers avoid buying a flood-damaged vehicle and what legal protections can Attorneys General enforce to help them?
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NAAG Supports Holder for U.S. Attorney General
NAAG sent a letter Jan. 14 supporting the nomination of Eric H. Holder, Jr. as U.S. Attorney General to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Holder was confirmed Feb. 2.
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Former Arizona Attorney General Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano, Arizona governor and former Arizona Attorney General, has been confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Thirty-one state Attorneys General, led by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goodard, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker and Utah Attorney Genera Mark Shurtleff, sent a Jan. 13 letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs supporting Napolitano?s nomination.
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Former Attorney General Ken Salazar Confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), a former Colorado Attorney General from 1999 to 2004, has been confirmed to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Salazar is a Colorado native, where he worked as a rancher and businessman, and practiced law. He also served as director of the state Department of Natural Resources.
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NAAG Welcomes Supreme Court Fellows
NAAG is pleased to announce the arrival of the Supreme Court Fellows for the Winter term.
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NAGTRI Welcomes Consumer Protection Fellow
The National Attorney General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) and the Center for the State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws (State Center) are pleased to welcome a Consumer Protection Fellow.
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A Free, Online Recruiting Resource for the Public Service Legal Community
Steve Grumm, Director Of Public Service Initiatives, National Association For Law Placement (NALP)
PSLawNet is a free resource for public interest and government organizations to spread the word about your missions and attract ideal job candidates. Our sole mission is to create a free, central meeting place for public interest employers to connect with public interest-minded attorneys and law students.
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NAAG?s Community Outreach in DC
In the spirit of giving back to the community in which it works, NAAG donated school supplies in December to the Francis-Stevens Education Campus as part of a new community outreach program. Francis-Stevens is a local elementary school located on 24th and N Street only a few blocks away from the NAAG office. The supplies included art utensils such as paint rollers, sculpting clay, and markers as well as clothing, writing materials, handy wipes, and bookends.
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Employee Spotlight
Theresia Heller
Theresia Heller joined NAAG in August 2008 as the new director of finance/controller. She oversees the major financial needs of the association and Mission Foundation including investment management, financial reporting, long-range financial plans, and grant management.
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