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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Friday, September 28 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Code Red at HHSC

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The troubled Texas Health and Human Services Commission is the state agency most in need of acute care. Will legislators provide it?

Presented by Ascension – Seton and supported by AARP

Moderators
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David McSwane

Reporter for The Dallas Morning News
McSwane has worked as an investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News since 2015. He was previously a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where he covered the environment and city hall. McSwane was the author of the award-winning investigative... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Davis

State Representative, R-West University Place
Davis, R-West University Place, has represented House District 134 since 2011. She serves as chairwoman of both the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II and General Investigating & Ethics Committee. She is of counsel with the law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edleman... Read More →
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Kyle Janek

Former Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Janek served as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his appointment, he represented Texas Senate District 17 from 2003 to 2008 and served on the Senate Public Health and Health Services committees. Janek has been a practicing... Read More →
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Kirk Watson

State Senator, D-Austin
Watson has represented Senate District 14 since 2007. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, and Higher Education committees. Previously, Watson served as chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and as mayor... Read More →