Attorneys general have been called upon regularly to provide Congressional testimony as a way to share their expertise and perspective to Congressional committees considering legislation that both overlaps with the work of the attorneys general and could impact the role of the attorneys general.
In March 2021, Attorneys General Dana Nessel of Michigan and Aaron Ford of Nevada testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism on their states' responses to domestic terrorism incidents.
In March 2021, Attorneys General Phil Weiser of Colorado and Doug Peterson of Nebraska testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law on their efforts to address antitrust issues and how Congress can better support efforts being led by attorneys general.
Supreme Court Shadow Docket
In February 2021, District of Columbia Solicitor General Loren AliKhan testified in front of the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on the impact of the Supreme Court's Shadow Docket. Solicitor General AliKhan previously was a 2020 recipient of the NAAG Senior Staff of the Year Award.
In July 2020, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection in a hearing titled “Protecting Americans from COVID-19 Scams.” Attorney General Schmidt’s testimony included an overview of efforts by the Kansas Attorney General Office in responding to COVID-19 and ongoing consumer protection efforts.
In July 2020, North Carolina Senior Deputy Attorney General and Consumer Protection Division Director Kevin Anderson testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on consumer protection issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April 2019, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson testified in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet on how attorneys general are responding to illegal robocalls.
In January 2019, Kansas Attorney General and then-NAAG Immediate Past-President Derek Schmidt testified in front of the Senate Special Committee on Aging on the work attorneys general were doing around elder fraud and highlighted work in this area during his NAAG Presidential Initiative.
In September 2018, Kansas Attorney General and then-NAAG Immediate Past-President Derek Schmidt testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee in support of H.R. 3891 and the expansion of Medicaid Fraud Control Units' authority to detect, investigate, and prosecute Medicaid patient abuse in non-institutional settings. The bill was endorsed by NAAG in a March 28, 2018 letter to Congress.
NAAG was pleased to see the language from this bill included in legislation signed by the President in December 2020.