Since March 2020, America’s attorneys general have been integral to their state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From addressing open government issues to issuing legal opinions on quarantines and mask mandates, attorneys general are on the front lines of addressing their constituents’ most pressing pandemic-related concerns.
Some of the many pandemic-related services provided by attorneys general include consumer protection and federal advocacy.
Attorneys general are protecting consumers from fraud, scams, and price gouging. Read more from the New York Times.
Most attorneys general have gathered and promoted COVID-19 resources for their state’s residents. Some examples are below.
Attorneys general have come together in support of federal policies and legislation on issues such as protecting consumers, providing benefits for first responders and their families, and protecting victims of elder fraud.
Recent COVID-19 related policy letters:
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid,…
Attorneys General Ask Apple and Google to Ensure All Contact Tracing Apps Serve a Public Health Purpose
NAAG sent a letter to the chief executive officers of Google and Apple asking them to ensure all contact tracing and exposure notification apps related to COVID-19 adequately protect consumers’ personal information.
Washington, D.C. — NAAG sent a letter to Congress calling for the passage of S.3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders (SAFR) Act….
NAAG Support During the Pandemic
Since the beginning of March, NAAG has provided information, resources, and training to help state and territory attorney general offices combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These services have included over two dozen webinars and a dedicated members-only resource site.
NAAG has conducted 37 webinars on COVID-19 related topics, including:
- Price gouging and scams
- Open meetings and open records
- Continuity of Operations: Courts
- Prosecuting COVID-19 related crimes
NAAG’s ConsumerResources.org, a national hub of consumer protection information and resources, has a dedicated page highlighting actions attorneys general have taken to protect consumers during the pandemic. It also includes valuable resources for consumers, including:
- How to file a complaint
- Relief payment debit card information
- Contact tracing information
- Warning advice for consumers
- Status of relief payments
- Price gouging statutes by state
COVID-19 Resources for NAAG Members
Attorney general staff can access additional resources regarding COVID-19 on NAAG's members-only page. Access to this page can be requested by completing this form. Please note that requests may take up to 24 hours to process.
Already have access? Launch the members-only page.