This year’s program covers a wide variety of topics including the latest Ethics Commission actions and an update on the Ethics Commission Sunset process, as well as committee technology innovations and crowdsourcing, election analysis and the impact of current demographics on the state’s priority issues and more. Note that presenters and panel times are subject to change.
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- 9:00 am - 9:45 amTexas Ethics Commission Update and Sunset ReportAn overview of the current Sunset Commission approved changes to the Texas Ethics Commission that impact the lobby world. Discussion of the potential for change in the operational and enforcement functions of the Ethics Commission as well as other issues that could arise.
- 9:45 am - 11:00 amLobbying 101: Registration and Reporting - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Problem AreasThe basics of what you need to know to legally and ethically register and report as a lobbyist in Texas. Discussion will examine small problem areas that can lead to big mistakes.
- 11:10 am - 12:10 pmSocial Media & Legislative Advocacy How social media is transforming advocacy in the public policy world and the associated ethical challenges for the lobby profession.
Andrew Bleeker Global Digital Practice Director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
- 12:30 pm - 1:45 pmTexas' Evolving Demographics and What that Means for the Next Legislative Session and BeyondThe impact of the November election on the 2013 Legislative Session, including a demographic analysis of the voting results and how that will impact emerging issues now and in the future.
Jim Henson, PhD Director, Texas Politics Project and Associate Director of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Instructional TechnologyRoss Ramsey Executive Editor, The Texas TribuneDaron Shaw University of Texas Distinguished Professor and Nationally Recognized Expert in Polling and Election Analysis
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmTechnology and the Legislative ProcessAn examination of how the injection of technology, because of both immediacy and transparency, has become a key driver inside the legislative process. Updates on crowdsourcing and direct public input via social media applications into the committee processes. Discussion of practical, legal and ethical ramifications of virtual input and how key committees and legislative practitioners are changing to accommodate this new world. Additional Presenters Pending.
Jeremy Mazur Chief of Staff, Representative Bill CallegariSteven Polunsky Director, Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmTools From the InsideA look at the new media tools, resources and processes available from the Texas Legislative Council and the Legislative Reference Library, with a parliamentary overview of what to expect as the session gets underway. Additional Presenters Pending.
Chris Griesel Parliamentarian, Texas House of RepresentativesMary Camp Director, Texas Legislative Reference LibraryLinda Pittsford Deputy Director and Senate Affairs Liaison, Information Systems Division, Texas Legislative Council
- 4:00 pm - 4:30 pmProblem Solving: Ethical Answers to the Biggest Lobbying and PAC Activity ChallengesReal world lobby and campaign reporting scenarios. Questions submitted by PAAT Institute attendees. Additional Presenters Pending.
Ed Shack Attorney at Law