TTIA's Public Policy Forum
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1-day seminar on public policy issues in preparation for the Legislative Session.

When: December 4, 2012
Where: Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, Texas  78744
Contact: Jennifer Roush

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This even was held on December 4, 2012.  The following is for informational purposes only.

About TTIA’s Public Policy Forum:

The full-day seminar will provide political analysis and insight into what we can expect during the next legislative session and how our industry will be impacted.

This is a must-attend event for all TTIA members. It's also a great opportunity to bring along some of the younger professionals in your office to educate them about the issues that are crucial to the success of the travel industry.



Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governor’s Row
Austin, Texas 78744
TTIA block rate: $99/night (single/double)
Cut-off date: November 18, 2012 (unless block is full prior to this date)
Please call the hotel at 512-383-2618 and ask for Joni Machaud or Jessica Martinez to make reservations (ask for Texas Travel Industry Association rate) 

2012 Registration Rates

Early Bird: (through November 2, 2012)
$125 - 1st participant
$80 - each additional participant from same organization

Regular Rates: (after November 2, 2012)
$135 - 1st participant
$90 - each additional participant from same organization

Confirmed Speakers

  • Evan Smith, CEO & Editor-In-Chief, The Texas Tribune
  • State Senator Craig Estes
  • State Representative Lyle Larson
  • State Representative John Otto
  • State Representative Ryan Guillen
  • State Representative Jose Menendez 
  • State Representative Doug Miller
  • State Representative John Davis 
  • Brandy Marty, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
  • Blaine Brunson, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
  • Jesse Ancira, Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker of the House
  • Dr. Kyle L. Janek, M.D., Executive Commissioner, Texas Health & Human Services Department

2012 Schedule

Updated Thursday, November 29, 2012

8:15 am - 9:00am                            
9:00am - 9:05am    
Welcome from Steve Atkins, Chair, TTIA Board of Directors

9:05am - 9:50am   
The 83rd Legislative Session: Three Views from the Top
Panelists: Brandy Marty, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor; Blaine Brunson, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor; and Jesse Ancira,Chief of Staff,Office of the Speaker of the House
Chiefs of staff for Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker of the House Joe Straus come together for this special panel discussion. They will share their perspectives on the upcoming legislative session, including the top policy issues and priorities for each office and how it all impacts the state's travel industry.

9:50am - 10:35am 
Making Sense of the Political Landscape with Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune
The elections are over, the teams are set and the 83rd Legislative Session is just around the corner. What lies ahead for Texas - a big state with big politics, big personalities and big challenges? Join Evan Smith as he offers his keen insights and thoughtful analysis on the major players, policy issues and politics that will shape this legislative session and the future of Texas. You don’t want to miss this opening keynote.

10:35am - 10:50am

10:50am - 11:35am
Outlook on the Budget & Taxes with State Representative John Otto
Few legislators can match John Otto's
(Dayton) expertise when it comes to state finances.  As a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Otto chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for dozens of state agencies, including the Office of the Governor, Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission.  He also serves as Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and Co-Chairs the Interim Committee on General Revenue Dedicated Accounts.  Join Representative Otto as he shares his candid insights into how the legislature will successfully craft a state budget amid the growing financial demands of public education, transportation, water supply and infrastructure, and welfare and other healthcare programs, while improving overall budget transparency, and the implications on important state travel and tourism programs that generate economic impact, tax revenues and jobs.

11:45am - 1:00pm

1:15pm - 2:00pm
Addressing the Water Challenge
PanelistsState Senator Craig Estes (Wichita Falls), Vice Chair Senate Committee on Natural Resources and State Representative Lyle Larson (San Antonio), House Committee on Natural Resources
Water impacts the life of everyTexan in every community throughout the state. Water means jobs, quality of life, and economic viability and sustainability.  Few industries are impacted more by water than travel and tourism.  Texas is running out of water and running out of time to find solutions.  Senator Estes and Representative Larson will take you through the implications of the current water conditions in Texas and what actions the 83rd Texas Legislature may take to provide short-term and long-term solutions to solve our water crisis.

2:00pm - 2:45pm 
Travel Issues Roundtable
Panelists: State Representative Ryan Guillen (Rio Grande City), Chair, House Committee on Culture Recreation and Tourism; State Representative Jose Menendez (San Antonio), Vice-Chair, House Committee on State Affairs; State Representative Doug Miller (New Braunfels), House Appropriations Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources; State Representative John Davis (Houston), Chair, House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
Many critical issues face the 83rd Texas Legislature that also impact the viability of the state's travel industry - a major economic force and employer.  From funding for tourism promotion programs and state parks, to education and the school start date, to economic development programs (such as events trust funds), to transportation, windstorm insurance and more.  This roundtable discussion will provide a lively dialogue and insight into the expansive policy issues that impact Texas and the travel industry.

2:45pm - 3:30pm
The Affordable Healthcare for America Act: What it Means for Texas
Speaker: Dr. Kyle L. Janek, M.D., Executive Commissioner, Texas Health & Human Services Department
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is reshaping the healthcare landscape. Employers and employees will be affected by the mandated changes in how health care coverage is provided and obtained. In this session, Health and Human Services Commissioner, Kyle Janek, M.D., will address what the state knows at this point in time and help you understand what it might mean for your organization.



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