AUSTIN – Media registration opened today for the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 11thAnnual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature. This year’s event, which is already sold out, takes place January 9-11 at the Hilton Austin Hotel.

 The Foundation’s annual event, Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature, brings together lawmakers, policy experts, and citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss the most critical issues facing the state. This year’s event includes a first-ever third day of programming titled “The Movement and the Media” that brings together journalists, authors, editors, and even two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez to discuss how the battle for ideas is waged across multiple mediums.

Daily keynote addresses will be delivered by nationally syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg (Wednesday 3:30 p.m.), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Thursday 8:00 a.m.), and The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Friday 12:15 p.m.). Thursday’s address by the governor will be preceded by nationally syndicated radio host Dr. William Bennett.

The 11th Annual Policy Orientation also includes 19 panel discussions on key issues confronting the Texas Legislature – including public and higher education, energy, health care, economic development, and other topics – plus a plenary session with U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Minority Whip and U.S. Senator-Elect Ted Cruz.

Credentialed media organizations are welcome to attend and cover all of the Policy Orientation’s public events including the additional day of programming, keynote luncheons, and all of the panel discussions.

All persons attending the conference (including reporters) must wear a TPPF-issued name badge to access any Policy Orientation events. To prevent unnecessary delays at the conference registration desk, we encourage all reporters planning to attend the conference to register in advance by visiting Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature at www.texaspolicy.com. All inquiries should be directed to Kristen Indriago at Kristen@texaspolicy.com

 

Additionally, reporters covering the keynote speeches should be positioned in the ballroom 30 minutes prior to the listed start time.

 

The tentative agenda is available here: www.texaspolicy.com/policy-orientation-2012-agenda.

 

 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.