AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 15th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature enters its second day TODAY, January 12, 2017 with keynotes by Emmy-winning journalist John Stossel and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. It also includes panels discussing Education Savings Accounts, workers’ compensation, the child-welfare system, criminal justice reform, franchise tax relief, a Convention of the States, the rush to renewable energy, climate intimidation and more.

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For over fourteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

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WHO:             Texas Public Policy Foundation

WHAT:           15th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature 

WHEN:           January 11-13, 2017 

WHERE:         Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

                        701 East 11th Street

                        Austin, TX 78701



The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 15th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature


Day 2: Thursday, January 12, 2017


8:00 am


Emmy-winning Journalist John Stossel


9:30 am



Education Savings Accounts: The Solution Texas Needs?

Dr. Patrick Wolf • Thomas Ratliff • Senator Larry Taylor • Dr. Marty Lueken • Stephanie Matthews • Rafa Bejar


Lone Star Tomorrow: What Do Texas’s Changing Demographics Tell Us about the Future of State Policymaking?

Corrie MacLaggan • Daniel Garza • Dr. James Henson • Erica Grieder • Dr. Steve Murdock


Workers’ Compensation in Texas: Non-Subscribing from Orthodoxy

Bruce C. Wood • Jennifer D. Hurless • Commissioner Ryan Brannan • Bill Peacock


11:00 am



Change for Children: Reforming Texas’s Child-Welfare System

Representative James Frank • Brandon Logan • Andrew C. Brown • Dr. Wayne Carson • Tymothy L. Belseth


Controlling Costs and Correcting Criminals

Bryan Collier • Terry Schuster • Arthur Rizer • Senator Bryan Hughes • Marc Levin


Franchise Tax Relief in a Tight Budget Session

 Grover Norquist • Senator Don Huffines • Chairman Jim Murphy • Dr. Vance Ginn


Time for a Convention of the States?

 Andrew S. Oldham • Chip Roy • Representative Rick Miller • Mark Meckler


12:30 pm


Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett


2:00 pm



Outcomes-Based Funding and Education Excellence

Trevor McGuire • Chairman John M. Zerwas, M.D. • Dr. Richard A. Johnson III • Commissioner Raymund Paredes, Ph.D


“Regulation At Any Cost?!” How Small Business Can Work Together to Challenge Regulatory Overreach

Joseph Rajkovacz • Ted Hadzi-Antich • Skip Brown • Chris Pepper • Billy Howe


“Web Of Denial:” Climate Intimidation and the Chilling of Climate Science

Andrew M. Grossman • The Honorable Doug Domenech • Attorney General Ken Paxton


3:00 pm



Telehealth: Promise and Problems

Dr. Norman L. Sussman • Nora Belcher • Chairman Jodie Laubenberg • Dr. Ray Callas • Dr.       Deane Waldman


Texas and the Rush to Renewables

 Chairman Donna L. Nelson • Tony Bennett • Jeffrey Clark • Senator Craig Estes • The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White


The Californiazation of Texas: Plastic Bag Bans

Phil Rozenski • Lia Colabello • James Quintero • Representative Drew Springer • Robin Schneider


5:00 pm


What Makes Ethics Ethical?


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