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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
 

8:30am CDT

The Prognosis for Paid Sick Leave
The latest battle over local control is already raging. (Thank you, Austin.)

Presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Moderators
avatar for Alana Rocha

Alana Rocha

Multimedia Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as a multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and Texas and traveled the country reporting from the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaign trails. In her five years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ann Beeson

Ann Beeson

CEO of the Center for Public Policy Priorities
Beeson has led the Center for Public Policy Priorities since 2013. Prior to joining CPPP, she served as executive director of U.S. programs at the Open Society Foundations, specializing in human rights advocacy. Beeson is also the former associate legal director of the American Civil... Read More →
avatar for Greg Casar

Greg Casar

Austin City Council Member
Casar was first elected to represent Austin City Council District 4 in 2014. He was the lead sponsor for the city of Austin’s Paid Sick Days ordinance, which gives every private sector employee in the city limits the right to earn a significant amount of paid sick time. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Robert Henneke

Robert Henneke

General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Henneke serves as general counsel and director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He previously served as Kerr County attorney and as assistant attorney general of Texas in the general litigation division. Henneke has appeared on several national... Read More →
avatar for Paul Workman

Paul Workman

State Representative, R-Austin
Workman, R-Austin, has represented House District 47 since 2011. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Natural Resources committees and the Subcommittee on Special Water Districts. Previously, he served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Workman is also the founder of Austin-based... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Stateside at The Paramount
  2019

9:45am CDT

One on One with Glenn Hegar
The Texas comptroller on the health of the economy and the first post-Harvey state budget.

Supported by AT&T, Deloitte and The Boeing Company

Moderators
avatar for Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Hegar

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014, serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Previously, he served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. Hegar also served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
  2019

10:30am CDT

The Democratic Wish List
What the progressives in the Texas House want from the 86th Legislature.

Supported by the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Moderators
avatar for Alex Samuels

Alex Samuels

Community Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Samuels is a community reporter for The Texas Tribune. She joined the Tribune as a newsletters fellow in 2016 and later worked as a reporting fellow during the 85th Texas legislative session. Samuels previously worked as a collegiate and breaking news correspondent for USA Today College... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Collier

Nicole Collier

State Representative, D-Fort Worth
Collier, D-Fort Worth, has represented House District 95 since 2013. She currently sits on the House Public Health, Business & Industry, and Local & Consent Calendars committees. Collier also works as a trial attorney and is partner at West & Associates LLP in Fort Worth.
avatar for Mary González

Mary González

State Representative, D-Clint
González, D-Clint, has represented House District 75 since 2013. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee and sits on the Appropriations Committee. Previously, González worked for state Reps. Paul Moreno and Richard Peña Raymond, at the National... Read More →
avatar for Donna Howard

Donna Howard

State Representative, D-Austin
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2006. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Calendars Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency & Reform. She also sits on the Administration, Higher Education and Appropriations committees... Read More →
avatar for Poncho Nevárez

Poncho Nevárez

State Representative, D-Eagle Pass
Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has represented House District 74 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and sits on the Calendars, Natural Resources committees, as well as the Select Committee on Opioids & Substance Abuse. Nevárez... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Rodriguez

Eddie Rodriguez

State Representative, D-Austin
Rodriguez, D-Austin, has represented House District 51 since 2003. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation, Redistricting, and State Affairs committees. He is also chairman of the House Farm-to-Table Caucus and vice chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Additionally... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center
  2019

2:00pm CDT

The Freedom Caucus Wish List
What the movement conservatives in the Texas House want from the 86th Legislature.

Supported by the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Moderators
avatar for Jay Caruso

Jay Caruso

Editorial Writer at The Dallas Morning News
Caruso joined the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News in 2017. He was a previously a contributing editor at RedState.com and a contributor for The Atlantic and National Review. Caruso founded Pocket Full of Liberty, a political blog.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Krause

Matt Krause

State Representative, R-Fort Worth
Krause, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 93 since 2013. He serves on the House Corrections and Land & Resource Management committees and works as a constitutional attorney and as a college professor of American history and government. Krause and his business partner also... Read More →
avatar for Matt Rinaldi

Matt Rinaldi

State Representative, R-Irving
Rinaldi, R-Irving, has represented House District 115 since 2015. He is a member of the House Agriculture & Livestock and Judiciary & Jurisprudence committees. Rinaldi currently serves as a health care attorney and sits on the board of a publicly traded real estate investment tru... Read More →
avatar for Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

State Representative, R-Tyler
Schaefer, R-Tyler, has represented House District 6 since 2013. He sits on the House Corrections and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees and is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Previously, he served as director of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's regional office in Tyler. Schaefer... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
  2019

3:15pm CDT

Code Red at HHSC
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
avatar for David McSwane

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
avatar for Sarah Davis

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 →
avatar for Kyle Janek

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 →
avatar for Kirk Watson

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 →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall
  2019

3:15pm CDT

Yes, We Cannabis
Is this the session Texas finally goes to pot? Or are there still too many lawmakers who don’t mari-wanna?

Watch the Tribune’s “Out of Options” documentary on medical cannabis oil.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Samuels

Alex Samuels

Community Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Samuels is a community reporter for The Texas Tribune. She joined the Tribune as a newsletters fellow in 2016 and later worked as a reporting fellow during the 85th Texas legislative session. Samuels previously worked as a collegiate and breaking news correspondent for USA Today College... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Morris Denton

Morris Denton

CEO of Compassionate Cultivation
Denton has served as CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, the first licensed medical cannabis company in Texas, since 2017. Previously, he worked as an executive in various industries, specializing in technology, consumer goods and marketing. Denton also served as general manager and... Read More →
avatar for Heather Fazio

Heather Fazio

Coalition Coordinator for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Fazio has worked at the Marijuana Policy Project since 2014, where she launched the advocacy coalition Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. She previously served as executive director of Texans for Accountable Government, where she specialized in civil liberties and marijuana... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Lucio III

Eddie Lucio III

State Representative, D-Brownsville
Lucio, D-Brownsville, has represented House District 38 since 2007. He is chairman of the House Rules & Resolutions Committee and a member of the House Natural Resources and Government Transparency & Operation committees. Lucio is the author of House Bill 2107, which aimed to legalize... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Klick

Stephanie Klick

State Representative, R-Fort Worth
Klick, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 91 since 2013. She is a member of the House Human Services and Public Health committees. Klick is a registered nurse and works as a case manager and health consultant for long-term care facilities and legal firms. She played a central... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space
  2019
 
Saturday, September 29
 

9:00am CDT

The Republican Wish List
What the traditional conservatives in the Texas House want from the 86th Legislature.

Supported by the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Moderators
avatar for Cassandra Pollock

Cassandra Pollock

Engagement Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Pollock has served as an engagement reporter for The Texas Tribune since 2017 after serving as a fellow during the 85th Texas legislative session. She has also reported for The Daily Texan and The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C. Pollock is a graduate of The University of Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Travis Clardy

Travis Clardy

State Representative, R-Nacogdoches
Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, has represented House District 11 since 2012. He serves as vice chairman of the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee and sits on the Higher Education and Energy Resources committees. In August 2018, Clardy announced his candidacy for House speaker for the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Paddie

Chris Paddie

State Representative, R-Marshall
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He sits on the House Calendars, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and State Affairs committees. He is also a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition and serves as vice chairman of the Young Texans Legislative... Read More →
avatar for Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons

State Representative, R-Carrollton
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He sits on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Transportation committees. He also serves on the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute Board of Directors. Simmons is also co-founder and... Read More →
avatar for Drew Springer

Drew Springer

State Representative, R-Muenster
Springer, R-Muenster, has represented House District 68 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House County Affairs committee and sits on the House Redistricting and Ways & Means committees. Previously, Springer worked as an accountant and president for a Texas rail car company... Read More →
avatar for John Zerwas

John Zerwas

State Representative, R-Richmond
Zerwas has represented House District 28 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Legislative Budget Board. In 2017, he announced his candidacy for House speaker for the 86th legislative session. Zerwas is a practicing anesthesiologist... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
  2019

10:45am CDT

Will We Ever Get School Finance Right?
Members of the state commission studying the issue on whether progress is possible.

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and supported by Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium and the Texas Association of Realtors

Moderators
avatar for Aliyya Swaby

Aliyya Swaby

Public Education Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Swaby covers public education for the Tribune. She joined the Tribune in October 2016 from the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent, where she covered education, zoning and transit for two years. After graduating from Yale University in 2013, Swaby spent a year freelance reporting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Diego Bernal

Diego Bernal

State Representative, D-San Antonio
Bernal, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 123 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Public Education Committee and sits on the Administration and Urban Affairs committees. Previously, Bernal served as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and... Read More →
avatar for Scott Brister

Scott Brister

Chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance
Brister was appointed chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017. He previously served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as the chief justice of the 1st and 14th Courts of Appeals of Texas. After his term as Supreme Court justice... Read More →
avatar for Keven Ellis

Keven Ellis

Member of the State Board of Education
Ellis represents District 9 on the State Board of Education. He serves on the board’s Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees items including charter schools, certification rules and school board member training. Ellis previously served as a member and president of the Lufkin... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Conley Johnson

Nicole Conley Johnson

CFO of the Austin Independent School District
Conley Johnson has served as chief financial officer for AISD since 2009. In 2018, she was appointed to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance by Speaker Joe Straus. Prior to joining AISD, Conley Johnson worked for several large urban school systems, including the New York... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall
  2019