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MI AG Nessel Joins Multi-State Efforts

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Posted at 1:47 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 13:47:06-04

LANSING, Mich.  — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined attorneys general from across the country in several multi-state efforts, including:

  • EMW Women’s Surgical Center v Meier (Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 18-6161)

On April 4, 2019, Nessel joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief [links.govdelivery.com] asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to affirm a lower court’s finding that a Kentucky law regulating abortion services is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The brief urges the Court to ensure that regulations imposed on abortion services actually promote women’s health without erecting substantial obstacles to the availability of those services.

“Women should have access to abortion services, no matter what state they live in,” said Nessel. “I will always fight for women’s reproductive rights.”

  • California v Trump (Federal District Court, Northern District of California, No. 4:19-cv-872)

Nessel joined a coalition of 20 states on April 8, 2019, in filing a motion [links.govdelivery.com]to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to unlawfully divert $1.6 billion in federal funds to build a border wall. The motion, filed in the Northern District of California, is part of the coalition’s ongoing lawsuit challenging President Trump‘s unconstitutional action to divert funding and resources meant for the interception of drugs by law enforcement and military construction projects.

“We cannot stand idly by while the president recklessly threatens funding for Michigan and other states,” said Nessel.

  • Letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Nessel and 20 attorneys general from across the country sent a letter [links.govdelivery.com] April 4, 2019, urging DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos to reverse limitations imposed on its routine disclosure of student loan information to state law enforcement agencies. The information is vital to the states’ efforts to protect consumers from illegal, unfair, abusive or deceptive practices by actors in the higher education industry.

“Secretary DeVos is allowing her department to withhold information that is vital to our states’ efforts to investigate agencies that are harming student loan borrowers in Michigan and across the country,” said Nessel.

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