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Wednesday, January 7
 

10:30am CST

Registration Opens
Wednesday January 7, 2015 10:30am - 5:00pm CST
Main Lobby 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm CST

Opening Luncheon Keynote and Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media


Wednesday January 7, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CST

College Affordability vs. Administrative Bloat - Center for Higher Education
To address the crisis of declining college affordability, Texas has begun the “Affordable Baccalaureate Program” (previously referred to as the “$10,000 Degree”). But can these degrees be offered at schools with Tier-One status? And can they multiply in a period of administrative bloat?

Moderators
avatar for Tom Lindsay

Tom Lindsay

Director, Center for Innovation in Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president. In 2006, Lindsay joined the National Endowment for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Brian Birdwell

Sen. Brian Birdwell

District 22, Texas State Senate
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a native Texan, decorated military veteran, survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, husband, father and lifelong conservative Republican proudly representing the citizens of Texas State Senate District 22.A native of Fort Worth and... Read More →
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Raymund Paredes

Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Raymund A. Paredes is Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and CEO of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Dr. Paredes spent most of his academic career at UCLA where for 30 years he taught as an English professor and served for ten years as vice chancellor for academic... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Richard Vedder

Dr. Richard Vedder

Director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity
Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Vedder has written widely on American economic history, authoring such books... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 1:30pm - 2:40pm CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CST

Rethinking Mental Health: Are We Throwing the Right Life Lines to People with Mental Illness - Center for Health Care Policy

Mental Health is on many legislators’ minds as we move into this coming legislative session. Panelists will critically discuss the implications of mental health practices and policies that mental healthcare advocates are promoting. In light of the Sunset Commission’s recommendations for the Department of State Health Services, legislators must consider whether the mental health services available in Texas are actually providing the right kind of help. This panel will discuss the future of mental healthcare and the most prudent ways to move toward a more efficient, effective system of care.


Moderators
avatar for Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy

Mental Health Fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kate E. Murphy is the Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow contributing to the centers for Effective Justice and Health Care at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Kate interned for Justice Johnson at the Texas Supreme Court. She was also a Judge K.K. Legett Fellow. As part of the program... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leon Evans

Leon Evans

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Health Care Services
For the past thirty eight years, Leon Evans has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with mental illness. As President and Chief Executive Officer at The Center for Health Care Services, Evans has developed an innovative and highly integrated system of care for people... Read More →
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Colleen Horton

Director of Policy, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Colleen Horton is the Director of Policy at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas.
avatar for Tom Luce

Tom Luce

Chief Executive Officer, The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas
Tom Luce, Chief Executive Officer, was a founding partner of Hughes & Luce, LLP, a prominent Texas law firm. In addition to his legal service, Tom has engaged in public service for more than 30 years. He has been appointed to major posts by Texas governors five times, including... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 1:30pm - 2:40pm CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CST

Fossil Fuels are the Moral Choice for the Planet and for the Poor - Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment
International attempts to demonize fossil fuels overlook the key role that these energy sources have played in creating and sustaining modern prosperity. Fossil fuels were a necessary precondition for the Industrial Revolution and increased use of fossil fuel energy is the quickly route out of poverty for developing countries. Come learn why fossil fuel energy is in fact the moral choice.

Moderators
avatar for Hon. Chuck DeVore

Hon. Chuck DeVore

Vice President of Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America's premier conservative state-level public policy think tanks. From 2004 to 2010, DeVore represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly in the coastal Orange County region... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cal Beisner

Dr. Cal Beisner

Founder & Director, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is Founder and Director of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a network of Christian theologians, scientists, and economists, founded in 2005, working together to promote through education and public policy Biblical earth stewardship through... Read More →
avatar for Com. Ryan Sitton

Com. Ryan Sitton

Railroad Commissioner, State of Texas
Ryan Sitton is a native Texan and a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his future wife, Jennifer.In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Kathleen Hartnett White

Hon. Kathleen Hartnett White

Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. Prior to joining the Foundation, White served a six-year term as Chairman and Commissioner... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 1:30pm - 2:40pm CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CST

The Texas Budget: Reining in the Growth of Government - Center for Fiscal Policy
The 84th Texas Legislature will likely face a substantial potential budget surplus during the 2015 Legislative Session. Although this is indicative of a thriving economy, there are challenges with whether these dollars should be used to provide tax relief or increase spending. Join us as our panelists discuss what the best use of taxpayer funds might be over the 2016-17 biennium.

Moderators
avatar for Talmadge Heflin

Talmadge Heflin

Director, Center for Fiscal Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Honorable Talmadge Heflin is the Director of the Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heflin served the people of Harris County as a state representative for 11 terms. Well regarded as a legislative leader on budget and tax issues by Democratic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Kelly Hancock

Sen. Kelly Hancock

District 9, Texas State Senate
First elected to the Texas Senate in 2012, Kelly Hancock represents Senate District 9, which includes portions of Tarrant and Dallas Counties. He served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives where he advocated for core conservative values of limited government, lower... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Jeff Leach

Rep. Jeff Leach

District 67, Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Jeff Leach proudly serves the citizens of House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. A committed conservative, Representative Leach believes in limiting the size and scope of government, lowering taxes... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Kirk Watson

Sen. Kirk Watson

District 14, Texas State Senate
Kirk Watson is State Senator for District 14.  He is a lawyer and former Austin Mayor.  He  currently is a partner with the law firm Husch Blackwell, LLP.  In addition, he is former Chair of both the Texas Advisory Board for Environmental Defense and the Greater Austin Chamber... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 3:00pm - 4:10pm CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CST

21st Century Juvenile Justice:  A Texas-sized Problem - Center for Effective Justice
Texas has made dramatic progress over the last several years in reducing juvenile incarceration and, most importantly, cutting juvenile crime.  Come hear how Texas is coping with the difficulties – and capitalizing on the opportunities – unique to juvenile justice, and learn about ideas for next session that break the cycle of delinquency and put more troubled Texas kids on the right track.

Moderators
avatar for Derek Cohen

Derek Cohen

Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Dr. Derek Cohen is the director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.Dr. Cohen graduated with a B.S. in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Buchholtz

Chelsea Buchholtz

Chief of Staff, Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Chelsea Buchholtz joined TJJD in August of 2012 as deputy general counsel and became general counsel in April of 2014. She is a former Texas Governor’s appointee of the Juvenile Justice Services and Facilities Transition Team, which coordinated and oversaw the transition of services... Read More →
avatar for Tony Fabelo

Tony Fabelo

Director, Research
Tony Fabelo is in charge of developing and implementing the research agenda for the CSG Justice Center. He also provides technical assistance to state and local governments to help make more efficient use of state and local taxpayer dollars. Before joining the CSG Justice Center... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Jose Rodriguez

Sen. Jose Rodriguez

District 29, Texas State Senate
José Rodríguez represents Texas Senate District 29, which includes the counties of ElPaso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Prior to his election to the Texas Senate... Read More →
avatar for Rep. James White

Rep. James White

District 19, Texas House of Representatives
James White is a native Texan and grew up in Houston, where he attended public schools. He graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University in 1986 with a degree in political science and military science. The United States Congress subsequently commissioned James as an officer... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 3:00pm - 4:10pm CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CST

School Choice and the Texas Economy - Center for Education Freedom
Panel will explore three questions – Should all students be entitled to select the best school, public or private, for their individual needs? What effect would school choice have on Texas ISDs? How would choice impact the Texas economy and Texans in general?

Moderators
avatar for Hon. Bill Hammond

Hon. Bill Hammond

Chief Executive Officer, Texas Association of Business
Bill Hammond is Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and has led the state's most influential business and chamber organization since April 1998. At the helm of TAB, Hammond has worked aggressively and successfully to ensure a strong pro-business tax... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Donna Campbell

Sen. Donna Campbell

District 25, Texas State Senate
Senator Donna Campbell is a double-board certified physician and proud parent of four daughters. She lives in New Braunfels and divides her work between free-standing emergency rooms in San Antonio, Houston, and Austin.Senator Campbell is certified in both emergency room medicine... Read More →
avatar for Kevin P Chavous

Kevin P Chavous

Founding Board Member & Executive Counsel, American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice
Kevin P. Chavous is a founding board member and executive counsel for the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, a noted author, and national education reform leader. As a former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and Chair of the Council's... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Arthur Laffer

Dr. Arthur Laffer

Founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates
Arthur B. Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an institutional economic research and consulting firm, as well as Laffer Investments, an institutional investment management firm utilizing diverse investment strategies. Laffer Associates’ research focuses on the... Read More →
avatar for Com. Mike Moses

Com. Mike Moses

Former Texas Commissioner of Education
Dr. Mike Moses has been an educator for over thirty years.  Currently, he is Distinguished Professor of Educational Administration at the University of North Texas and holder of a chair at that institution named in his honor.  He also serves as the senior educational advisor for... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 3:00pm - 4:10pm CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

4:30pm CST

Plenary Session - A Conversation on the Economics of Education Opportunity
What are the pitfalls of inaction this 84th legislative session? Is school choice the answer? Joins us Wednesday afternoon as we discuss the merits of public education reform in Texas with Lt. Governor-Elect Dan Patrick and world renowned economist Dr. Arthur Laffer.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Arthur Laffer

Dr. Arthur Laffer

Founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates
Arthur B. Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an institutional economic research and consulting firm, as well as Laffer Investments, an institutional investment management firm utilizing diverse investment strategies. Laffer Associates’ research focuses on the... Read More →


Wednesday January 7, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, January 8
 

7:00am CST

Registration Opens
Thursday January 8, 2015 7:00am - 5:00pm CST
Main Lobby 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am CST

Breakfast Keynote

Thursday January 8, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:45am CST

The ACA in Texas: Do Hospitals Need Medicaid Expansion? - Center for Health Care Policy
In the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in Texas, hospitals have consistently argued that expansion is necessary to make up for uncompensated care costs hospitals incur by treating the uninsured. Some have suggested that expansion could even reduce local property taxes that hospital districts in Texas assess to pay for uncompensated care. But are these claims accurate, and will expanding Medicaid solve the problem of uncompensated care at Texas hospitals?

Moderators
avatar for John Davidson

John Davidson

Director, Center for Health Care Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
John Davidson is director of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy. Davidson began his career in journalism, and has worked for a wide variety of publications and media companies. Before joining the Foundation in 2012, he was Executive Editor for Issue Media Group, where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Byron Schlomach

Dr. Byron Schlomach

Chief Economist, Goldwater Institute
Byron Schlomach, Ph.D. is an economist who has devoted his professional life to creating, advocating, and implementing government policy based on sound liberty and economically efficient foundations. He currently serves as the Chief Economist at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix... Read More →
avatar for Ted Shaw

Ted Shaw

President/CEO, Texas Hospital Association
Walter “Ted” Shaw joined the Texas Hospital Association as the organization’s fourth president and chief executive officer in February 2014. Shaw brings expertise forged from a 40-year career in health care leadership to his role as key strategist and spokesperson on behalf... Read More →
avatar for Frederic Warner

Frederic Warner

System Executive, Public Policy & Government Relations, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Freddy Warner joined Memorial Hermann Healthcare System as System Executive, Public Policy & Government Relations, in 2008.  Before joining Memorial Hermann, Warner spent more than twenty years as a senior campaign and policy advisor to members of the Texas Congressional Delegation... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 9:45am - 10:55am CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:45am CST

Texas' Brewing Property Tax Revolt - Center for Local Governance
Texas’ property tax system is consistently rated as one of the most cumbersome in the U.S., and recent trends suggest that the problem will only continue to get worse unless significant reforms are enacted. This panel will discuss what reforms, if any, can help alleviate Texas’ brewing property tax revolt.

Moderators
avatar for James Quintero

James Quintero

Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation
James Quintero is the Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s premier conservative state-based think tanks. He has been with the Foundation since March 2008. During his time with the Foundation, his work has centered on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Paul Bettencourt

Sen. Paul Bettencourt

District 7, Texas State Senate
Paul Bettencourt is the Chief Executive Officer of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC; KSEV Radio personality; former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector; and currently the Senator-Elect for Texas State Senate, District 7 (which he won with 71.8% of the vote in his district). Bettencourt... Read More →
avatar for Dick Lavine

Dick Lavine

Senior Fiscal Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Dick Lavine focuses on state and local revenue issues at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Before coming to the Center in 1994, he was a Senior Researcher at the House Research Organization of the Texas House of Representatives for ten years. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Robert Rivera

Hon. Robert Rivera

Councilman, District 3, City of Arlington
Councilman Robert Rivera represents the portion of Arlington bounded primarily by Matlock Road on the west, Pioneer Parkway on the north.  District 3 includes a portion of the I-20 business corridor, the Arlington Municipal Airport, Tarrant County College, and the Arlington Highlands. In... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Kirk Watson

Sen. Kirk Watson

District 14, Texas State Senate
Kirk Watson is State Senator for District 14.  He is a lawyer and former Austin Mayor.  He  currently is a partner with the law firm Husch Blackwell, LLP.  In addition, he is former Chair of both the Texas Advisory Board for Environmental Defense and the Greater Austin Chamber... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 9:45am - 10:55am CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:45am CST

Demoralized Zone: Has Grade Inflation Undermined America’s Workforce Competitiveness? - Center for Higher Education
National studies show that in the early ‘60s, 15 percent of all college grades nationwide were A’s. But today, an A is the most common grade given in college (43%); 73 percent of all grades awarded today are either A’s or B’s. Some argue that grade inflation is a cancer, eating away at the essence of our learning institutions. Do these deleterious effects extend also to the workforce preparedness of today’s college graduates?

Moderators
avatar for Tom Lindsay

Tom Lindsay

Director, Center for Innovation in Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president. In 2006, Lindsay joined the National Endowment for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Bill Hammond

Hon. Bill Hammond

Chief Executive Officer, Texas Association of Business
Bill Hammond is Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and has led the state's most influential business and chamber organization since April 1998. At the helm of TAB, Hammond has worked aggressively and successfully to ensure a strong pro-business tax... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robert Koons

Dr. Robert Koons

Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
Rob Koons is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1987. Koons specializes in metaphysics, philosophical logic and philosophy of religion. He is the author of two books, Paradoxes of Belief, and Realism Regained, the co-author (with... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 9:45am - 10:55am CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:10am CST

Up to the Challenge? How the Market Can Keep the Lights on in Texas - Center for Economic Freedom
Texas’ competitive electricity market is the envy of the world. Yet there are still challenges that need to be addressed, from the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and the inconsistency of renewable energy to a growing economy and being able to meet the demands of peak load. This panel will examine how Texas can remain at the forefront of providing an affordable, reliable supply of electricity in light of these challenges.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Peacock

Bill Peacock

VP of Research, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Bill Peacock is the vice president of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has been with the Foundation since February 2005.Bill directs the research of the Foundation to ensure its accuracy, integrity, and application of free market principles to the issues facing Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H.B. “Trip” Doggett

H.B. “Trip” Doggett

President and Chief Executive Officer, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
H.B. “Trip” Doggett was named president and chief executive officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), in May 2010. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Doggett was interim president/CEO and ERCOT’s chief operating officer since June 2008. Mr. Doggett has 29 years... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Helen Giddings

Rep. Helen Giddings

District 109, Texas House of Representatives
Helen Giddings is President of Multiplex Inc., a specialty concessions company, which she founded in 1988. Previously, Giddings served as Vice President of Leadership Development at the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and as an executive responsible for 11 states with Sears, Roebuck... Read More →
avatar for Eric Groten

Eric Groten

Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Eric is a full-service Clean Air Act practitioner. His twenty-five year career hasallowed him to undertake the wide array of legal work generated by state andfederal air quality laws, including defense of cases brought to enforce them,prosecution of applications for the permits they... Read More →
avatar for Chairman Donna Nelson

Chairman Donna Nelson

Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
Donna L. Nelson was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Public Utility Commission on August 15, 2008 and named chairman on July 26, 2011. Prior to her appointment, Nelson served as a special assistant and advisor to Governor Perry on energy and telecommunication issues. She also... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 11:10am - 12:20pm CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:10am CST

Liberty Cities on Display - Center for Local Governance
All around the state, city governments are forming which are limited in scope and unlimited in potential. These “Liberty Cities” are pledging to keep taxes as low as possible, even to the point of not having a property tax. They are avoiding burdensome regulations on their citizens. And they are doing whatever they can to make government the servant of the people instead of the master.

Moderators
avatar for Jess Fields

Jess Fields

Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Jess Fields is Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of the largest conservative state-level public policy think tanks in the United States. Fields served on the College Station City Council from 2010 to 2013, representing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Ernest Gay

Hon. Ernest Gay

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Sandy Oaks
Born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1953 and immigrated to the United States in 1955.  I Became a United States Citizen in 1961 when the family moved to San Antonio.  Graduated from Highlands High School in 1971 and Entered the San Antonio Police Department in January 1973.  Later... Read More →
avatar for Bob Grafe

Bob Grafe

Current Activities: Kingsbury Incorporation Committee – Vice Chairman – Volunteer Executive Assistant – Guadalupe County Judge’s Office Program Director/Court Coordinator – Guadalupe County Veterans Treatment Court Lawn & Garden Show - Talk Show Host – KWED 1580-AM... Read More →
avatar for Rep. David Simpson

Rep. David Simpson

District 7, Texas House of Representatives
David Simpson was grateful to be elected State Representative of House District 7 in 2010 after defeating a seven-term incumbent in the March Republican primary and then a general election challenge that November. He was then re-elected by a large margin in the 2012 Republican... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Art Martinez de Vara

Hon. Art Martinez de Vara

Mayor, City of Von Ormy
Art Martinez de Vara is the founder and Mayor of the City of Von Ormy, Texas. He attended the University of Texas, and obtained his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He has served as the Chief of Staff to State Rep. John Garza and currently serves as Chief of... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 11:10am - 12:20pm CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:10am CST

TELs Matter for Opportunity in Texas - Center for Fiscal Policy
State spending has increased substantially faster than population growth plus inflation since 2004, costing Texas families of four at least a thousand dollars extra annually to support a state government that has grown too big, too fast. How should the Texas Legislature effectively limit taxpayers’ costs of funding more state spending? Join us as our panelists discuss ways to limit spending by reforming our tax and expenditure limitation (TEL).

Moderators
avatar for Dr Vance Ginn

Dr Vance Ginn

Economist/Policy Analyst, Center for Fiscal Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, one of the top free market, state-level think tanks in the nation.Before joining the Foundation, Ginn taught at three universities and one community college across Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rep. Donna Howard

Rep. Donna Howard

District 48, Texas House of Representatives
Representative Donna Howard has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2006.  She is a member of the Appropriations and Higher Education Committees and serves as Vice-Chair of the House Administration Committee.  Donna also serves on several select committees focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. John Merrifield

Dr. John Merrifield

Professor of Economics, University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Merrifield is a Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he has held since 1987, and the Editor of the Journal of School Choice. He has published The School Choice Wars, School Choices, Parental Choice as an Education Reform Catalyst: Global... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Charles Perry

Sen. Charles Perry

District 28, Texas State Senate
A native West Texan, Rep. Charles Perry grew up and attended high school in Sweetwater, TX. Upon graduation, Perry went on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and management information systems from Texas Tech University. Currently, Perry owns and... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 11:10am - 12:20pm CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CST

Lunch Keynote - The Reagan Tax Cuts and the Texas Miracle
The "Texas Miracle" did not just happen overnight. Decades before Texas' economic boom, before the "Great Recession", Presidet Ronald Reagan planned to kickstart a stagnant American economy with an agressive series of tax cuts - but first it had to survive Congress...


Thursday January 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm CST

Constitutional Firewalls: How An Article V Convention of States May Put The Brakes on Runaway Feds - Center for Tenth Amendment Action
What is the amendment by state convention process? How long will it take? What are most effective constitutional amendment initiatives? The act of amending the Constitution, and the vigorous debates leading to it, deserve our most serious and enthusiastic attention.

Moderators
avatar for Karen Lugo

Karen Lugo

Senior Fellow, Center for Tenth Amendment Action, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Karen Lugo is a Senior Fellow for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She joined the Foundation in September 2013. As Co-Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence Center in California, Lugo has submitted circuit-level and Supreme Court amicus briefs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Randy Barnett

Prof. Randy Barnett

Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard... Read More →
avatar for Roman Buhler

Roman Buhler

National Director, Madison Coalition
Roman Buhler is the National Director of the Madison Coalition, working to restore a balance of state and federal power and now, with the support of 2 Governors and a bipartisan coalition of more then 150 state legislators, to curb the authority of abusive federal regulators.He has... Read More →
avatar for Mark Meckler

Mark Meckler

Founder, Citizens for Self-Governance
Mark Meckler is one of the nation’s most effective grassroots activists. After co-founding and serving as National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots (the largest tea party organization in the nation), he founded an organization designed to revolutionize American government... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Paul Workman

Rep. Paul Workman

District 47, Texas House of Representatives
First elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, State Representative Paul D. Workman has served the people of House District 47 in the Texas House of Representatives since January 2011. House District 47 includes most of western Travis County as well as portions of southern Travis County.Representative... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 2:00pm - 3:10pm CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm CST

Protecting Property Rights Amidst the Texas Miracle - Center for Economic Freedom
The Texas economy keeps growing and providing economic opportunity and affordable housing for millions of Texans—old and new. Texas’ relatively strong property rights protections have played a large role in this, allowing businesses to expand and housing to increase. But more protection is needed as Texas’ growing population makes the state, local governments, and private entities more likely to condemn or restrict the use of private property.

Moderators
avatar for Kathleen Hunker

Kathleen Hunker

Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kathleen Hunker is a policy analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She is also a managing editor of the Foundation’s research and publications. Prior to joining the Foundation, Hunker worked as a legal associate at the Cato Institute’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Luke Ellis

Luke Ellis

Partner, Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP
Luke Ellis is recognized as one of Texas’s top lawyers practicing in the area of eminent domain. He focuses exclusively on representing Texas property owners facing condemnation and eminent domain proceedings. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, individual owners of shopping... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Lois Kolkhorst

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst

District 18, Texas State Senate
Lois W. Kolkhorst is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 13, which includes Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington Counties. Her district spans over five-thousand square miles of rural Texas, from the Brazos Valley... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Mosley

Christopher Mosley

Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Fort Worth
Chris Mosley joined the City Attorney’s Office in November, 1996.  His primary practice is in the areas of general civil litigation, eminent domain and bankruptcy.Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Chris Mosley worked with Krause Hollansworth and Reeves in Dallas (1995-1996... Read More →
avatar for Randal O'Toole

Randal O'Toole

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 2:00pm - 3:10pm CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm CST

Markets and Teacher Compensation - Center for Education Freedom
Panel will explore these questions:  Has the state single-step salary structure achieved professional status for Texas Teachers?  How can we treat and reward teachers as true professionals?  What can Texas do to achieve that goal? 

Moderators
avatar for Sen. Larry Taylor

Sen. Larry Taylor

District 11, Texas State Senate
Senator Larry Taylor represents Texas Senate District 11, comprised of portions of Brazoria,Galveston, and Harris Counties. A native Texan, Larry attended Baylor University where he received his BBA in 1982. He and his wife Kerri are the proud parents of three adult children. Larry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr Vance Ginn

Dr Vance Ginn

Economist/Policy Analyst, Center for Fiscal Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, one of the top free market, state-level think tanks in the nation.Before joining the Foundation, Ginn taught at three universities and one community college across Texas... Read More →
avatar for Louis Malfaro

Louis Malfaro

Secretary-Treasurer, Texas American Federation of Teachers
Louis Malfaro is the secretary-treasurer of the Texas American Federation of Teachers.  He started his career as an elementary bilingual education teacher in Austin, Texas (AISD).  Malfaro served as president of the Austin Federation of Teachers from 1992-1999 and as president of... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Herb Walberg

Dr. Herb Walberg

Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board, The Heartland Institute
Herbert J. Walberg, Ph.D., is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and taught for 35 years at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Chicago... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 2:00pm - 3:10pm CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:25pm CST

Texas Prison Reform 2.0: Building on Recent Public Safety Successes - Center for Effective Justice
Texas continues to attract positive national attention for closing prisons while achieving its lowest crime rate since 1968. However, as the state continues to grow, policymakers must build on this success to take the steps to further enhance public safety, empower victims, control costs, and reform offenders. Learn how this can be accomplished in the upcoming legislative session.

Moderators
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Marc Levin

Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Marc A. Levin is a director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. Levin has served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Gelb

Adam Gelb

Director, Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Adam Gelb directs Pew’s public safety performance project, which helps states advance policies and practices in adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. As the project lead, Gelb oversees... Read More →
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Bill Montgomery

County Attorney, Maricopa County, Arizona
Bill Montgomery was first elected Maricopa County Attorney in a Special Election in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 on a pledge to fight crime, honor victims’ rights, and protect and strengthen our community. As a West Point Graduate, decorated Gulf War Veteran, professional prosecutor... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Tan Parker

Rep. Tan Parker

District 63, Texas House of Representatives
Tan Parker is entering his fifth-term as a state representative representing House District 63 that includes the southwestern portion of Denton County.  He has a broad executive business background in sales, marketing, management, consulting and development strategies, and is a partner... Read More →
avatar for Sen. John Whitmire

Sen. John Whitmire

District 15, Texas State Senate
Senator John Whitmire represents the 15th Senatorial District comprised of north Houston and parts of Harris County. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives. With over 30 years of service in the Texas Senate, Senator... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 3:25pm - 4:35pm CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:25pm CST

Texas and Immigration: State Solutions for a National Challenge - Special Feature
Immigration is a pressing issue for Texas, with hundreds of miles of international border on the south. Yet the federal government seems hard-pressed to find solutions for this perennial issue. What can and should the state of Texas do to address the immigration challenge?

Moderators
avatar for John Fund

John Fund

Commentator, Columnist, Author
John Fund is National Affairs Columnist for National Review magazine and a contributor to the  Fox News Channel. He is considered a notable expert on American politics and the nexus between politics and economics.He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Craig Estes

Sen. Craig Estes

District 30, Texas State Senate
Estes, R-Wichita Falls, has represented SD-30 since his election to the Texas Senate in 2001. He is chairman of the State Affairs Committee as well as the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security. Estes is vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, sits... Read More →
avatar for JoAnn Fleming

JoAnn Fleming

Executive Director, Grassroots America
A leader in the constitutional conservative movement for twenty-two years, JoAnn Fleming is the executive director of Grassroots America – We the People, the largest constitutional conservative organization in East Texas and one of the largest in the state. She is the two-term Chair... Read More →
avatar for Alex Nowrasteh

Alex Nowrasteh

Policy Analyst, Immigration, Cato Institute
Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute.  His popular work has appeared in many newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the San Jose Mercury, Politico and elsewhere.  His scholarly publications have... Read More →
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Rep. Matt Schaefer

District 6, Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Matt Schaefer has broad and unique experience in the private sector and in public service. His work ethic, family life, faith in God, and commitment to country led Matt to be a strong conservative leader for East Texas.  Matt is currently a Lieutenant Commander... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Paul Workman

Rep. Paul Workman

District 47, Texas House of Representatives
First elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, State Representative Paul D. Workman has served the people of House District 47 in the Texas House of Representatives since January 2011. House District 47 includes most of western Travis County as well as portions of southern Travis County.Representative... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 3:25pm - 4:35pm CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:25pm CST

Transportation Alternatives in the 21st Century: What is the Role of Government? - Center for Local Governance
Moderators
avatar for Jess Fields

Jess Fields

Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Jess Fields is Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of the largest conservative state-level public policy think tanks in the United States. Fields served on the College Station City Council from 2010 to 2013, representing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Dave Martin

Hon. Dave Martin

Councilman, District E, City of Houston
Dave Martin is a proven business and government leader, Dave has a strong desire to ensure conservative principles are applied in City government.  He has been influential in providing sound business and proven decision making skills to the council in dealing with notable issues... Read More →
avatar for Randal O'Toole

Randal O'Toole

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy... Read More →
avatar for John Ramsey

John Ramsey

Businessman and Libertarian Philanthropist
John Ramsey is an angel investor, venture capitalist and philanthropist from Austin, Texas. After many years of mentorship under his grandfather's wing, John became fascinated by entrepreneurship and innovation. With ventures in technology, oil and gas, real estate, education, consumer... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Chris Riley

Hon. Chris Riley

Associate, Rusk Law Firm
Chris Riley was born and raised in Austin, the son of Peter and Eva Riley. He attended Austin High School and served as a Congressional Page for Congressman J. J. "Jake" Pickle before attending Harvard College, where he graduated with honors in Economics, and the University of Texas... Read More →


Thursday January 8, 2015 3:25pm - 4:35pm CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

7:30pm CST

Evening Plenary Session - The Future of Texas
Speakers

Thursday January 8, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Friday, January 9
 

7:30am CST

Registration Opens
Friday January 9, 2015 7:30am - 11:00am CST
Main Lobby 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

8:30am CST

VIP Breakfast (By Invitation Only)
Speakers
avatar for Hon. Susan Combs

Hon. Susan Combs

Comptroller, State of Texas
On her fourth day as Texas Comptroller in 2007, Combs made all of her agency’s expenditures publicly available online. That fall, she posted expenditures for all state agencies. This launched what has been widely recognized as the nation’s most innovative transparency effort... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:45am CST

Are Texans Taxed Too Much? - Center for Fiscal Policy
Texas looks to have a $10 billion potential surplus at the end of fiscal year 2015 and a similar amount in additional tax revenue generated during the 2016-17 biennium. This substantial amount of available revenue raises the question: Are Texans taxed too much? Join us as our panelists consider tax reforms that will promote economic prosperity for all Texans.

Moderators
avatar for Dr Vance Ginn

Dr Vance Ginn

Economist/Policy Analyst, Center for Fiscal Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, one of the top free market, state-level think tanks in the nation.Before joining the Foundation, Ginn taught at three universities and one community college across Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Drenkard

Scott Drenkard

Economist & Manager of State Projects, The Tax Foundation
Scott works in the Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy, where his research covers diverse topics relating to state tax structures. He is an author of the annual State Business Tax Climate Index and editor of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the popular handbook, Facts & Figures... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Craig Estes

Sen. Craig Estes

District 30, Texas State Senate
Estes, R-Wichita Falls, has represented SD-30 since his election to the Texas Senate in 2001. He is chairman of the State Affairs Committee as well as the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security. Estes is vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, sits... Read More →
avatar for John Fund

John Fund

Commentator, Columnist, Author
John Fund is National Affairs Columnist for National Review magazine and a contributor to the  Fox News Channel. He is considered a notable expert on American politics and the nexus between politics and economics.He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Sylvester Turner

Rep. Sylvester Turner

District 139, Texas House of Representatives
Representative Sylvester Turner was raised in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston.   He attended the University of Houston and Harvard Law School before joining the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski.  He later founded the Houston law firm of Barnes & Turner in 1983... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 9:45am - 10:55am CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:45am CST

Halting The Feds at The State Line: States Learn to Command Respect - Center for Tenth Amendment Action

Federal agencies are steamrolling every barrier, but yet counties, local governments, and states are learning to score wins against the federal abuse of power. Examples of carefully planned strategic wins are models for repeat victories in the areas of Endangered Species, the EPA and energy, and federal command of state spending. When coordinated planning leads to smart game plans, federal overreach can be reversed.


Moderators
avatar for Karen Lugo

Karen Lugo

Senior Fellow, Center for Tenth Amendment Action, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Karen Lugo is a Senior Fellow for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She joined the Foundation in September 2013. As Co-Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence Center in California, Lugo has submitted circuit-level and Supreme Court amicus briefs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Susan Combs

Hon. Susan Combs

Comptroller, State of Texas
On her fourth day as Texas Comptroller in 2007, Combs made all of her agency’s expenditures publicly available online. That fall, she posted expenditures for all state agencies. This launched what has been widely recognized as the nation’s most innovative transparency effort... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Ken Ivory

Rep. Ken Ivory

District 47, Utah House of Representatives
Ken Ivory (R-UT, District 47) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in November of 2010.  He and his wife, Becky are the parents of four children. Given the daunting challenges that face the state and the nation, Ken took time from his business, mediation, and estate planning... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Greg Walcher

Hon. Greg Walcher

Founder & President, Natural Resources Group
Greg Walcher is one of the most recognized and respected national leaders in natural resources policy.   He is Founder and President of the Natural Resources Group, a nationwide ad-hoc coalition of consultants with natural resources expertise. He is also a partner in the global... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 9:45am - 10:55am CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:45am CST

The Economic Impact of Economic Freedom on Poverty and Prosperity - Special Feature
While many claim that more government is the answer to reduce poverty, does the evidence across the U.S. support this? Is the best avenue out of poverty and into prosperity through more opportunities for everyone. Join us as our panelists discuss these questions and shed light on which approach is best at generating individual prosperity: more government programs or more freedom?

Moderators
avatar for Rep. James White

Rep. James White

District 19, Texas House of Representatives
James White is a native Texan and grew up in Houston, where he attended public schools. He graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University in 1986 with a degree in political science and military science. The United States Congress subsequently commissioned James as an officer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Frances Deviney

Dr. Frances Deviney

Associate Director, Research and Planning Program Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Frances Deviney joined the Center in 2005. As KIDS COUNT Director, she tracks the status of child well-being in Texas by collecting and analyzing state and county-level data. She also helps coordinate the center's family economic security work. Before coming to the center, she was... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Chuck DeVore

Hon. Chuck DeVore

Vice President of Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America's premier conservative state-level public policy think tanks. From 2004 to 2010, DeVore represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly in the coastal Orange County region... Read More →
avatar for Fred McMahon

Fred McMahon

Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research, Fraser Institute
Fred McMahon is Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research at the Fraser Institute, Canada. He manages the Institute’s international economic policy research and the Economic Freedom Network of independent think tanks in 90 nations and territories. Fred is a co-author of... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 9:45am - 10:55am CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:10am CST

School Finance Litigation Update - Center for Education Freedom
Panel will update on current status of school finance litigation in Texas.  Panel will explain differing perspectives of the various parties.  Plus, panel will explore potential timeline for final court decision as well as potential impact on the legislative session and the state budget.

Moderators
avatar for Hon. Kent Grusendorf

Hon. Kent Grusendorf

Senior Fellow, Center for Education Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Honorable Kent Grusendorf is the Senior Fellow in the Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom. Grusendorf was born near Abilene in Stanford, Texas, grew up in Waco and went to Arlington to attend college with only a band scholarship and $90 in his pocket. He spent most of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Rob Eissler

Hon. Rob Eissler

Legislative Consultant, The Schlueter Group
Rob Eissler is a Legislative Consultant with The Schlueter Group of Austin, TX since leaving the Texas Legislature in January of 2013. He was previously the President of Eissler and Associates, an executive recruiting firm based in his hometown of thirty-four years, The Woodlands... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Craig T. Enoch

Hon. Craig T. Enoch

Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Craig T. Enoch retired as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, having also served as Chief Justice of Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals and Presiding Judge of Texas’ 101st District Court. On completing his judicial service, Justice Enoch established specialized Appellate... Read More →
avatar for David Thompson

David Thompson

Partner, Thompson & Horton LLP
David Thompson is an attorney specializing in representing public school districts and other educational entities.  His practice focuses on public school finance issues, employment matters, board counsel and governance, legislation, superintendent searches, and other matters.  He... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 11:10am - 12:20pm CST
Capitol View Terrace North 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:10am CST

Protecting Property Rights in Texas Water Law - Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment
For Texas water markets to function properly, secure and well-defined private property rights are necessary. Come and hear our panel of experts discuss what changes we can make to state law to get water flowing in Texas.

Moderators
avatar for Hon. Kathleen Hartnett White

Hon. Kathleen Hartnett White

Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. Prior to joining the Foundation, White served a six-year term as Chairman and Commissioner... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Molly Cagle

Molly Cagle

Partner, Baker Botts
Molly counsels clients on virtually every kind of environmental matter and represents them before various agencies and in federal and state courts. Chambers USA described her in their 2004 publication of America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a “renaissance lawyer, a true litigator... Read More →
avatar for Bob Harden

Bob Harden

Vice President, R. W. Harden & Associates, Inc
Bob Harden is Vice President of R.W. Harden & Associates, Inc. With over 40 years of experience in Texas, the United States, and internationally, the firm provides successful strategies to the most challenging groundwater hydrology problems. Past clients include municipalities, water... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Bennett Raley

Hon. Bennett Raley

Shareholder, Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer and Freeman, P.C.
Bennett W. Raley is a shareholder with the Denver law firm of Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer and Freeman, P.C.  His practice specializes in state and federal court litigation, and federal administrative and legislative strategy.  Mr. Raley has practiced in the fields of water law... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 11:10am - 12:20pm CST
Capitol View Terrace South 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:10am CST

Curtailing the Criminalization of Capitalism: Overcoming Overcriminalization in Texas - Center for Effective Justice
Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and folks from all across the political spectrum have different ideas about what constitutes a crime – especially when the offended party is apathetic. Why must a stylist complete the equivalent of 350 days of training to be allowed to cut hair or be punished in criminal court? Should the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service be permitted to raid a private business and seize inventory at gunpoint under the allegation of import restrictions? There are countless instances of overregulation and overcriminalization that affect not only big companies like Gibson Guitars, but also small stores like Mike’s Barber Shop. Join the Center for Effective Justice as we discuss how overcriminalization affects you and why you should care.

Moderators
avatar for Vikrant Reddy

Vikrant Reddy

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vikrant P. Reddy is a senior policy analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he coordinates the Right On Crime campaign. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Edmonds

Shannon Edmonds

Director of Governmental Relations, TDCAA
Shannon Edmonds is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), the largest statewide association of prosecutors in the nation. Mr. Edmonds serves as a liaison between prosecutors and the Texas Legislature on criminal justice... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Jeff Leach

Rep. Jeff Leach

District 67, Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Jeff Leach proudly serves the citizens of House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. A committed conservative, Representative Leach believes in limiting the size and scope of government, lowering taxes... Read More →
avatar for John Malcolm

John Malcolm

Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
John is the Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies & the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, where he writes and speaks on a variety of law-related topics.An honors graduate from Columbia College... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Joe Moody

Rep. Joe Moody

District 78, Texas House of Representatives
Joe Moody represents Texas’s District 78, a mixed urban and rural district covering swathsof northern El Paso County. He is a lifelong El Pasoan and a second generation public servant. His father, District Judge William Moody, and his mother, El Paso school teacher Magdalena Morales-Moody... Read More →


Friday January 9, 2015 11:10am - 12:20pm CST
Capitol Ballroom FG 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CST

Closing Luncheon Keynote - The Resurgence of American Leadership
Did the 2014 mid-term election represent a renewed effort to return to our Founders' vision of less government and more opportunity for all? Join Governor Rick Perry and former Speaker Newt Gingrich for a conversation about what leadership looks like in 2016 - in Washington and in state capitols across the country.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Chief Economist, The Heritage Foundation
Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is chief economist at The Heritage Foundation. Moore, who also was a member of The Journal’s editorial board, returned to Heritage in January 2014 -- about 25 years after his tenure as... Read More →

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Friday January 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm CST
Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
 
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