AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 13th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature begins TODAY, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, with six policy panels including discussions on school choice, the morality of fossil fuels, and mental health. The three-day event features more than 35 panel discussions, keynote addresses, and debates on the challenges and opportunities facing Texas today. This year’s sold-out Policy Orientation takes place at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, and features an array of prominent speakers on the major issues affecting the future of Texas. 

Today’s panel agenda is as follows:


Rethinking Mental Health: Are We Throwing the Right Life Lines to People with Mental Illness
Kate Murphy • Leon Evans • Colleen Horton • Tom Luce
College Affordability vs. Administrative Bloat
Dr. Thomas Lindsay • Sen. Brian Birdwell • Commr. Raymund Paredes • Dr. Richard Vedder
Fossil Fuels are the Moral Choice for the Planet and for the Poor
Hon. Chuck DeVore • Dr. Cal Beisner • Commr. Ryan Sitton • Hon. Kathleen Hartnett White


The Texas Budget: Reining in the Growth of Government
Hon. Talmadge Heflin • Sen. Kelly Hancock • Rep. Jeff Leach • Sen. Kirk Watson
21st Century Juvenile Justice: A Texas-sized Problem
Derek Cohen • Chelsea Buchholtz • Dr. Tony Fabelo • Sen. Jose Rodriguez • Rep. James White
School Choice and the Texas Economy
Hon. Bill Hammond • Sen. Donna Campbell • Kevin P. Chavous • Dr. Arthur Laffer • Commr. Mike Moses
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For thirteen years, the 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. Last year’s Policy Orientation attracted approximately 1,100 attendees including nearly 100 state legislators and hundreds of legislative staff from both sides of the aisle.

WHO:             Texas Public Policy Foundation
WHAT:   13th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature
WHEN:   January 7-9, 2015
WHERE:   Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
    701 East 11th Street Austin, Texas 78701


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

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