The 51st Texas Legislative Conference is set for this Thursday and Friday in the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. The Texan of the Year Reception is Thursday evening, honoring Texas entrepreneur and technology guru Pike Powers of Austin. Powers will be introduced by former Texas Governor Mark White. White last spoke at the conference for the 20th annual event while he was the sitting Governor. Prior to that he spoke at the 15th annual conference while Attorney General of Texas.
The Friday half-day conference includes a conference dedication to Julian Read by Ray Perryman, noted economist and a former Texan of the Year. Rep. John Kuempel will bestow the Edmund Kuempel Public Service Scholarship to a graduating high school senior as well during the opening session following breakfast.
Four consecutive panels follow including Veteran’s Care for Texas, Corporate Welfare or Good Jobs, Local Control or Control the Locals, and a Media Panel on the Trump Administration and its impact on the state. Moderators include Rep. Drew Darby, Ray Perryman, Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune, and Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune. Panelists include Senators Donna Campbell, Kirk Watson, and Konni Burton, State Representatives Tony Dale, John Zerwas, Angie Chen Button, and Paul Workman, and Mayors Steve Adler of Austin and Mary Dennis of Live Oak. Dennis also serves as Chairman of the Texas Municipal League this year.
Following a buffet lunch, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will provide the closing keynote address. Hegar was elected as the 36th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November 2014. He is Texas’ chief financial officer — the state’s treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. As CFO for the world’s 10th-largest economy, Hegar monitors Texas’ financial health to ensure it maintains strong fund balances.
More information on the 51st Conference, including a full conference schedule, can be found at www.TxLegislativeConference.com.