AUSTIN – Environmentalism is clashing with energy priorities, making Texas ground zero for federal challenges that, if not successfully countered, will permanently change the way Texans live their lives and spend their money. To address how counties, local governments, and states can counter the federal abuse of power, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Action will host the panel “Halting Feds at The State Line: States Learn to Command Respect” at the 13th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature. The panel will take place on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. CST at the Sheraton Austin Hotel in the Capitol View Terrace North. 
“Texas leaders will be challenged more in the next two years to know and defend state turf than ever before,” said TPPF Center for Tenth Amendment Action Senior Fellow Karen Lugo.  “It will be imperative to team with other states and to know where and when to declare that Texas sovereignty is not negotiable.”
Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • The Honorable Ken Ivory, Utah State Senator
  • Greg Walcher, Founder and President of the Natural Resources Group 


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 700 attendees including nearly 100 state legislators and hundreds of legislative staff from both sides of the aisle.

This year’s program includes more than 35 panel discussions and debates on the major issues affecting Texas’ future. The program will be updated with additional events and speakers in the coming weeks. Members of the public and media who wish to attend may register and view the agenda at:

Karen Lugo is senior fellow for the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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

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