Policy Resources

A brief collection of resources highlighting actions by state attorneys general in key policy areas

Criminal Justice Reform

The National Association of Attorneys General, AG Roundtable – Sentencing Reform, Vimeo (Feb. 22, 2016), https://vimeo.com/156475415.

Video of a roundtable discussion on sentencing reform between state Attorneys General at the National Association of Attorneys General 2016 Winter Meeting featuring Idaho AG Lawrence Wasden, Iowa AG Tom Miller, former Georgia AG Sam Olens, and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum.

Civil Rights

Press Release, Attorney General Madigan Urges Governor To Restore State Hate Crimes Commission (Mar. 8, 2017).

Press Release from the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announcing that the Attorney General sent a letter to Illinois Governor Rauner to restore the state’s Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes to combat “a troubling increase in hate crimes” in the state of Illinois.

Press Release, Madigan Probes National Job Search Sites Over Potential Age Discrimination (Mar. 2, 2017).

Press Release from the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announcing that the Attorney General sent letters to six national career and job search companies over potential age discrimination violations, warning that the websites’ may be violating the Illinois Human Rights Act and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Civil Rights Resource Guide (September 2015).

Civil rights resource guide compiled by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General Bob Ferguson, designed to inform citizens of their civil rights, answer questions about those rights, and help them to identify the resources that are available to them.

OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov, Civil Rights FAQs.

Webpage of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Civil Rights and the responsibilities of the Civil Rights Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on the Ohio Attorney General’s page. 

Niraj Chokshi, Seven attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans, Wash. Post, Feb. 20, 2014.

A Washington Post article describing the different ways in which seven state attorneys general declined to defend their states’ bans on same-sex marriage.

Worker and Consumer Protection

NewsletterThe State Center Consumer Protection Report

The Consumer Protection Report is a monthly publication of state attorney general press releases on issues related to local and national consumer protection efforts, including cases, investigations, consumer alerts and advocacy initiatives.

An educational resource created by StateAG.org that provides an overview on state Attorneys General’s jurisdiction over labor laws, including a brief background on the legal landscape in relation to labor issues, a summary of ways in which attorneys general exercise jurisdiction to enforce labor laws, and a discussion of additional approaches that have enabled attorneys general to protect workers within their jurisdictions.


State AG.org, Environment

Database from Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law in partnership with StateAG.org that includes a variety of environmental lawsuits and other actions involving state attorneys general, as well as links to relevant documents and resources. 


Faces_of_Immigration.jpgJonathan Miller, Beyond the Courts: The Role of State and Local Governments in Supporting Immigrant Communities in the Trump Era, ACSblog (July 17, 2018).

Jonathan Miller is Chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. The views represented here are his own and not those of the Attorney General or the Office.

ACS Webinar, The Travel Ban at The Supreme Court: A Briefing on Trump v. Hawaii (April 19, 2018) (featured Hawaii Lt. Governor and former Attorney General Doug Chin).

Voting Rights

John H. Thompson & Robert Yablon, Preparing for the 2020 Census: Considerations for State Attorneys General, (Oct. 2018).
An ACS issue brief byJohn H. Thompson, the 24th Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Robert Yablon, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, that provides a holistic strategy for state attorneys general to develop and implement, aimed at ensuring that their jurisdictions are fully and fairly counted.
A memorandum by Professors Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School and James Tierney of Harvard Law School illustrating the important roles of Attorneys General in their states’ redistricting processes through specific cases in which state Attorneys General have exercised both their jurisdiction and discretion with respect to redistricting. In addition, it outlines additional roles that could emerge in the 2020 cycle.