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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Files Suit Against the City of St. Louis to Halt Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

    Jul 21, 2022, 15:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit and a motion for preliminary injunction against the City of St. Louis after the signing of Board Bill 61, which authorizes federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide “logistical support” for abortion, including travel expenses and other costs of obtaining out-of-state abortions. The lawsuit argues that the City’s “Reproductive Equity Fund” plainly violates § 188.205, RSMo, which reads, “It shall be unlawful for any public funds to be expended for the purpose of performing or assisting an abortion, not necessary to save the life of the mother, or for the purpose of encouraging or counseling a woman to have an abortion not necessary to save her life.”
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  • Missouri, Louisiana Serve Discovery Requests, Subpoenas on Top Biden Administration Officials and Social Media Giants

    Jul 19, 2022, 15:54 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Yesterday, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry served discovery requests on top Biden Administration Officials and today served third-party subpoenas on social media giants Twitter, Meta, Youtube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The discovery requests and subpoenas come as part of Missouri’s and Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden Administration for allegedly colluding with social media giants to censor and suppress freedom of speech. Earlier this month, a federal court granted Missouri’s and Louisiana’s request for expedited discovery and documents, and yesterday Missouri and Louisiana served those discovery requests.
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  • Missouri, Coalition of Attorneys General Obtain Injunction Halting Biden Administration Guidance on Bathrooms, Sports in Schools and Workplaces

    Jul 18, 2022, 16:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, along with a coalition of twenty attorneys general led by Tennessee, obtained a preliminary injunction halting the Biden Administration’s guidance that would change Title VII and Title IX’s definition of “sex” to include “gender identity” relating to separation of bathrooms and sports in schools, and pronouns in the workplace.
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  • Conviction Secured in Shooting of Carter County Deputy, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper

    Jul 15, 2022, 14:36 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office announced that the Carter County Prosecuting Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office obtained a conviction in the 2019 shooting of Carter County Deputy Brigg Pierson and Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Caleb McCoy.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Condemns FBI’s Illegal Attempts to Harvest Concealed Carry Permit Information from Missouri Sheriffs

    Jul 13, 2022, 14:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding that they cease their attempts to illegally obtain information from local sheriffs on Missourians who have concealed carry permits. Missouri law specifically prohibits the sharing of information on concealed carry permit holders to any entity – local, state, federal, or otherwise.
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  • Federal Court Grants Missouri Attorney General’s Motion to Collect Discovery from Government Officials, Social Media Companies in Free Speech Lawsuit

    Jul 12, 2022, 17:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana granted Missouri and Louisiana’s motion for discovery in their lawsuit against top-ranking Biden Administration officials for allegedly colluding to suppress freedom of speech, paving the way for the attorneys general to collect discovery and documents from both top-ranking Biden Administration officials as well as social media giants like Twitter, Meta, and others. The lawsuit was filed on May 5.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Prevails on Appeal in Reinstating Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

    Jul 11, 2022, 12:34 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Friday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a judgment, vacating and remanding two separate district court rulings that enjoined HB126’s ban on abortions based solely on a pre-natal Down syndrome diagnosis, and based on certain gestational age restrictions. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office argued the case in front of the en banc Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in September of 2021, and has now prevailed. Missouri’s ban on abortions based solely on a pre-natal Down syndrome diagnosis is now allowed to take effect.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Suit Against DOE Over Repeal of Household Efficiency Standards

    Jul 8, 2022, 12:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office and eleven other states have filed the opening brief in their lawsuit against the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and its Secretary, Jennifer Granholm, for repealing the “Performance Rules” that set successful options for energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers and laundry machines.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Statement on Proposed Municipal Efforts to Fund Abortion

    Jul 1, 2022, 09:56 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement on efforts to authorize taxpayer dollars to fund travel to other states to obtain abortions:
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  • Former Hickory County Dog Breeder Found in Contempt of Court

    Jun 28, 2022, 17:06 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Laurie Lund, a formerly licensed dog breeder in Hickory County, was once again held in contempt of court for her unlawful acts and violations of previous court orders. Following a two-day hearing, on June 22, 2022, the Court agreed with the Attorney General’s Office and again found Ms. Lund in contempt. The Court ordered the immediate seizure of all dogs from Ms. Lund’s property, authorized the Department of Agriculture to inspect her premises without notice up to six times annually even though she is no longer licensed, and ordered her to pay another fine.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Becomes First to Issue Opinion Following SCOTUS Opinion in Dobbs, Effectively Ending Abortion in Missouri

    Jun 24, 2022, 09:22 AM by AG Schmitt
    Following the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Dobbs that overturns Roe v. Wade, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today issued an opinion to the Missouri Revisor of Statutes that “triggers” parts of Missouri’s House Bill 126, effectively ending abortion in the State of Missouri. Missouri is the first state in the country to do so.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Scores Landmark Win for Second Amendment Rights with SCOTUS Ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen

    Jun 23, 2022, 09:45 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt scored a major win for Second Amendment rights across the country with the United States Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Club v. Bruen. In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court declare New York’s subjective-issue, or “may issue,” firearm license regime unconstitutional and reversed the Second Circuit’s decision. Missouri and Arizona led the way in filing an amicus brief in the case in 2021.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS to Overturn Ruling Upholding California’s Prop. 12

    Jun 21, 2022, 15:44 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined an amicus brief in National Pork Producers Council v. Karen Ross, urging the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding California’s Proposition 12. California’s Proposition 12 requires states to comply with California regulations on the confinement of breeding pigs, egg-laying hens, and veal calves in order to sell those products in California.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Grants Over 650 Community Partnership Awards for Help with SAFE Kit Initiative

    Jun 20, 2022, 17:30 PM by AG Schmitt
    Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has awarded over 650 Missouri entities (law enforcement and hospitals) a Community Partnership Award for their vital assistance in completing the Phase II inventory of sexual assault kits within the SAFE Kit Initiative. The awards were mailed last week.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Secures Settlement with Mallinckrodt over Underpayment of Medicaid Drug Rebates

    Jun 17, 2022, 13:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Schmitt announced today that Missouri has joined with 49 other states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Mallinckrodt ARD, LLC (formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a U.S. subsidiary of the Irish pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt plc (collectively Mallinckrodt), which sells and markets pharmaceutical products throughout the nation. Mallinckrodt’s U.S. headquarters is in Bedminster, New Jersey. The total value of the settlement is $233,707,865.18, plus interest, to be paid over a period of seven years. Of this amount, Missouri’s total Medicaid recovery will be $4,101,750.73, with $2,613,164.02 of that going to the federal government and $1,488,586.71 going directly to Missouri. The Missouri Medicaid program is funded by Missouri and federal funds. When Medicaid funds are recovered they are distributed appropriately to the funding entities.
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  • Missouri AG Opposes USDA’s Guidance Restricting Federal Funding

    Jun 16, 2022, 13:53 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined states in opposing the USDA Nutrition Services Civil Rights Division’s guidance proposing regulations on state agencies’ federal financial assistance on the basis of gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Letter Opposing SEC’s New Proposed Rule Regarding Climate Related Disclosures

    Jun 15, 2022, 16:36 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined a coalition of 24 states opposing The Security and Exchange Commission’s Proposed Rule requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose climate related risks of their businesses to investors. Businesses would be required to calculate and disclose emissions levels for their entire supply chains, potentially imposing significant costs on those businesses with very little benefit.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging Social-Media Censorship

    Jun 14, 2022, 15:20 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a motion for preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against President Biden and other top-ranking government officials for allegedly colluding with social media giants such as Meta, Twitter, and YouTube to censor and suppress free speech.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Subpoenas Seven School Districts Over Student Surveys, Launches Transparency Portal

    Jun 8, 2022, 12:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt subpoenaed seven school districts (Mehlville School District, Webster Groves School District, Jefferson City School District, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Park Hill School District, Springfield School District, and Neosho School District) demanding information on the school districts decision to employ student surveys, potentially without parental consent, including some that asked students about their parents’ political beliefs and parents’ income levels and included racially-biased questions, among other things. The Attorney General’s Office also launched a transparency portal that indexes Sunshine Law requests sent to school districts on behalf of parents, which can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/other-resources/students-first-initiative/transparency-portal
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Letter Opposing Burdensome Review of Nationwide Environmental Permit

    Jun 2, 2022, 11:39 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a coalition of 21 states opposing the Army Corps of Engineer’s proposed review of Nationwide Permit 12 (“NWP 12”), a permit that serves critical energy and infrastructure needs within states by allowing entities to perform time-sensitive activities on infrastructure projects, such as construction and maintenance of projects, without project-specific approval.
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