November 19, 2014
  • 9:00 am - 10:10 amMama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.Commission Update and 2015 Session Ethics Legislation Discussion
    An overview of what has happened and what is currently before the Commission since the last Institute, including adopted rules and advisory opinions and enforcement decisions which have taken place. Discussion will also include a review of possible ethics legislative proposals during the 2015 session as well as an overview of the new lobby reporting software which is scheduled to be implemented next year.
    Jack Gullahorn President and General Counsel, Professional Advocacy Association of Texas
    Natalia Luna Ashley Executive Director, Texas Ethics Commission
    John Moore Director of Enforcement, Texas Ethics Commission
  • 10:10 am - 10:30 amThere’s no crying in baseball!Ethics Compliance and Enforcement
    A discussion about the current and future ethics environment in Texas, including a review of Commission enforcement policies and procedures.
    Natalia Luna Ashley Executive Director, Texas Ethics Commission
    John Moore Director of Enforcement, Texas Ethics Commission
  • 10:40 am - 11:40 amJust the facts, ma’am, just the facts.Key Lobby Ethics Compliance Scenarios
    A review of key lobby ethics compliance issues and questions and what you need to know once the election is over and the 2015 Legislative Session is on the horizon.
    Gardner Pate Attorney at Law, Locke Lord, LLP
    Tim Sorrells Attorney at Law
    Jack Gullahorn President and General Counsel, Professional Advocacy Association of Texas
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pmWelcome to the 90’s Mr. Banks.Technology and Parliamentary Procedure
    An update on new legislative administrative procedures, rules and technologies, including a review of the new electronic bill filing system and its impact on the legislative process in terms of rule changes, committees, etc.
    Chris Griesel Parliamentarian, Texas House of Representatives
    Robert Haney Chief Clerk, Texas House of Representatives
  • 1:00 pm - 1:50 pmWhat we’ve got here is failure to communicate.The First Amendment Gives You the Right to….What????
    Discussion with Michael Quinn Sullivan attorney Joe Nixon about what he believes is wrong with the Texas lobby law, including what is arguably unconstitutional, and why he feels the current law doesn’t always require registration.
    Joe Nixon Attorney at Law, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP