AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Economic Freedom will host the policy panel “Is Texas Finished Improving Its Protection of Property Rights?” at the 12th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature on Thursday, January 9, at 3:25 p.m. at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.

“While Texas has made progress protecting property rights in recent years, there are still too many ways the government can improperly take property—or the value of property—from Texans,” said Bill Peacock, Vice President for the Center for Economic Freedom.

Panelists include:

  • Bill Peacock (moderator) is the Vice President for the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte has represented Senate District 26 since 1999. She serves as Chair of the Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee, and also serves on the Education, State Affairs, and Business and Commerce committees. Senator Van de Putte was named to Texas Monthly’s list of Texas’ 10 Best Legislators.
  • Representative James Frank is a longtime resident of Wichita Falls. He earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and then began an 11 year career in banking in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. Representative Frank serves District 69 and serves on the Land and Resource Management Committee.
  • Scott Houston is presently serving as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for the Texas Municipal League and General Counsel for the Texas City Attorneys Association. Scott has received the Texas Bar Government Lawyers Section “Outstanding Government Lawyer of the Year Award” and the American Bar Association’s “Up and Coming Young Lawyer Award.” 

For twelve 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 100 state legislators and hundreds of legislative staff from both sides of the aisle. 

This year’s program includes more than 25 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 here:


Bill Peacock is the Vice President of Research and Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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

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