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Towards the end of each year, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) holds a Winter Meeting for Attorneys General from across the country to gather and discuss pressing state legal issues and potential solutions.  This year’s meeting was held a few weeks ago in San Antonio and, as NAAG President, I led a packed and very productive agenda.

   

In my February edition of the McKenna “Must Read,” I mentioned my upcoming plans to bring new focus to regional and national efforts to end human trafficking. At that time, I vowed to use my position as the 2011-12 President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to lead a national effort to fight human trafficking here in Washington and across the country.

The legislature ended its special session last month with cuts to the state budget, including an overall reduction of about $12.7 million to the Attorney General’s Office in the 2011-2013 budget. These new reductions are on top of the nearly $13 million in cuts we’ve taken since the 2007-09 biennium. We have also been cutting positions in the office, and now pay fewer staff than we did in 2003 before I became AG.

 

As state lawmakers grapple with a very tough budget challenge, the Attorney General’s Office is doing its part by cutting spending, prioritizing our legal work for state agencies to save them millions of dollars, and increasing productivity via the largest and most effective performance management system in state government.

 

As millions of sports fans around the globe enjoyed the Super Bowl last Sunday, I joined community and government leaders across America to turn the spotlight on a national tragedy that now lurks in the shadows of every major sporting event in our country.  Last week, thousands of children were trafficked into Texas to meet the demands of the multi-million dollar under-age sex industry.   The Super Bowl, in fact, has become one of the largest human trafficking events in America.


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