AUSTIN – Recent drought in Texas has highlighted the need to streamline burdensome state regulations. To examine how to meet future water needs, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment will host the panel “Regulatory Water World: How Best to Prepare for Growth in Texas” at the 14th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:30 am CST at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Meeting Room 616.
“Texas water law is plagued by well-intentioned, yet onerous regulations that inhibit the operation of market dynamics in water development,” said Leigh Thompson, policy analyst with the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “This panel will discuss fundamental market principles—especially private property rights and voluntary exchange—that could facilitate both wise water development and efficient conservation.”
- Bech Bruun, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board
- Representative Jason Isaac, Texas House of Representatives
- Martha K. Landwehr, General Counsel, Texas Chemical Council
- Mike Mason, President and CEO, Weathermatic
- Leigh Thompson, Policy Analyst, Center for Energy and the Environment, Texas Public Policy Foundation (Moderator)
For over thirteen 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. This year’s program includes more than 35 panel discussions and debates on the major issues affecting Texas’ future.
Members of the public and media who wish to attend may register and view the agenda at: www.PolicyOrientation.com
Keynote and plenary sessions will be livestreamed at: txpo.li/TPPFlive
Leigh Thompson is a policy analyst with the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment and an attorney with the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.