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Volume 3, Number 2

Federal Government Action & Spending Affects Attorneys General & State Programs
Blair Tinkle, Association General Counsel and Congressional Liaison
The ailing economy and attempts at finding solutions to it have set in motion a flurry of federal government action and spending, some of which has affected state Attorneys General and state programs, including crime and drug enforcement and child support enforcement.
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Amendments to Health Privacy Law Grant States Enforcement Powers
Paula Cotter, eHealth Issues Counsel
The economic stimulus package, signed into law Feb. 17, grants state Attorneys General specific new enforcement authority in protecting patient privacy. Officially known as the ?American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009? (P.L. 111-5), the law will affect Attorneys General work directly and indirectly in several ways.
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Employee Spotlight
Albert Cahn, Tobacco Paralegal
Albert Cahn lends his technological expertise and passion for law to NAAG?s Tobacco Project in his role as a paralegal. After graduating from college, this New York City native moved to Washington, D.C. to be in the midst of the political action.
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Spring Meeting Focuses on State-Federal Relations
Forty-three Attorneys General convened in a snow-covered Washington, DC, March 2-4 to meet with federal officials and other stakeholders about stronger state-federal cooperation and to discuss pressing legal issues, including the credit card crisis among consumers and the safety of minors using social networking sites. It was all part of the annual NAAG Spring Meeting.
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Philadelphia in May: Year of the Child Presidential Summit
Hedda Litwin, Cyberspace Law Counsel
Attorneys General have continued to focus their collective efforts on children and technology under the leadership of current NAAG President and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch?s year-long Presidential Initiative, the Year of the Child. While the Internet has provided our children with a greater knowledge of the world in which they live, it has also exposed them to danger from individuals who would hurt them. The goal continues to be to better educate, engage and empower our children and their parents in the safe use of online technology.
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National Crime Victims? Rights Week
April 26 marks the beginning of National Crime Victims? Rights Week (April 26 ? May 2). Since 1981, National Crime Victims? Rights Week (NCVRW) has been an opportunity for communities, victims and their loved ones, and victim-serving professionals to join together and reflect on the hard-won progress achieved in victims? rights and services and the challenges many crime victims still face.
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Undertreatment of Pain Policy Brief Issued
Judy McKee, End of Life Healthcare Counsel
This document represents the culmination of the work done by the Law Enforcement Roundtable of the BPPI project to discern ways in which law enforcement personnel might address prescription drug diversion when it involves the investigation and prosecution of physicians while minimizing the chilling effect on the prescribing activities of legitimate physicians.
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NAGTRI Faculty of the Year
Andrew L. Rossner was the recipient of the 2008 National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI) Faculty of the Year Award.
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States Participate in National Consumer Protection Week
State Attorneys General joined a group of federal, state, and local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations to launch the 11th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 2-8. This year?s theme was ?Nuts and Bolts: Tools for Today?s Economy,? which highlighted consumer education efforts to arm consumers in today?s economic environment.
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