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AG’s Office to Join Legislators at Tucson Budget Forum on Friday

Top staff from Attorney General Terry Goddard’s Office will be available for the media following their testimony during budget hearings at the Tucson Community Resource Center. They will be talking about the impact of the budget on the Attorney General’s Office…and how it could affect law enforcement, seniors, child protection and consumers in Arizona’s communities. A similar rally in Phoenix on the budget garnered over 250 participants, with remarks by Republican and Democratic leaders and community activists. 

Goddard Announces New Tobacco Legislation

(Phoenix, Arizona—May 23, 2003)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that Arizona has joined the growing number of States that have adopted legislation designed to aid the enforcement of state “model escrow statutes.” These statutes were enacted as a consequence of the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between numerous States and the major United States tobacco manufacturers.  Under the MSA, Arizona receives millions of dollars each year from participating tobacco companies, which is used to fund the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.     

Attorney General Goddard Encourages Businesses to Adopt Code Adam Program

(Phoenix, May 22, 2003)–In honor of National Missing Children’s Day (May 25) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard joins the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in encouraging all Arizona businesses to develop procedures for reuniting children with their families when they become lost while in a retail store, shopping mall or museum.  

Attorney General Goddard Calls Shooting of Sikh an Intolerable Racist Attack

(Phoenix, Arizona—May 21, 2003)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today condemned the shooting of Avtar Singh Cheira as a racist attack that will not be tolerated. Cheira, a Sikh, was gunned down in north Phoenix by attackers who shouted “Go back where you belong” before they shot him. 

Cheira, who wears a turban as part of his Sikh faith, is recovering in a Phoenix hospital. 

Scam Alert: Goddard Joins FTC and Other States in Charity Scam and Fraud Alert

(Phoenix, AZ—May 20, 2003) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Arizona has joined with the Federal Trade Commission and other attorneys general in a national effort to thwart fundraising fraud. The effort, called “Operation Phoney Philanthropy”, is a joint law enforcement and public education campaign.    

Attorney General Announces Agreement to Protect Children from Lead Paint Poisoning

(Phoenix, Arizona—May 16,  2003) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has announced that Attorneys General from 48 states and jurisdictions have finalized an agreement aimed at educating and warning consumers and families about the risk of lead paint exposure during repainting and other home renovation work.    

Attorney General to visit Florence for Dispute Resolution Training on Wednesday

(Phoenix, Arizona—May 13, 2003) Attorney General Terry Goddard will be in Florence tomorrow for a training session for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), a program of the Attorney General’s Office. He will be at the training site, the Florence School District Office, 350 S. Main St., at 3:00 p.m. 

Governor Janet Napolitano recently proclaimed May 12-16 as Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Week for the state.