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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