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McGrath Chosen Co-Chair of National AGs’ Association Environmental Committee

HELENA – National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) President Steve Carter announced this week that Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath has been selected to co-chair the NAAG Environmental, Public Health & Safety Committee. Carter is the attorney general of Indiana. Attorney General Henry McMaster of South Carolina is the other committee co-chair.

In making the appointment, Carter praised the leadership of McGrath and thanked him for his continued effort to foster interstate cooperation and communication in the area of public health and safety and the environment.

“As the chief legal officers of the states, Attorneys General have a responsibility to work together and protect consumers and public health and safety. Through the leadership of Attorney General McGrath, we will work to serve the public interest,” he said.

“It is a pleasure to be able to serve,” McGrath said. “I expect that this committee will touch on a number of issues important to Montanans, from EPA policies to questions related to mad cow disease.”

NAAG committees are charged with studying substantive matters within their jurisdiction and making recommendations to the attorneys general. The Environmental, Public Health & Safety Committee will be supported by work from other attorneys general staff and NAAG staff.

Carter was named NAAG president in June, when the association had its annual meeting at Big Sky. For his one-year term, Carter’s platform is to enhance the “transparency” and accountability of NAAG. The National Association of Attorneys General was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their offices and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government.

(More information on NAAG is available at www.naag.org.)

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