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2013 Legislative Conference Agenda Set

Discover the Practical Impact of the 83rd Legislative Session

AGENDA*
Texas Association of Counties 2013 Legislative Conference
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*Details are subject to change.

Pre-Conference Events

Tuesday, Aug. 27

9 a.m.

Risk Management Pool Board Meeting & Lunch
Room 402 & 400

10-5 p.m.

Information Desk Hours
 Hilton Lobby

1:30 p.m. Tee Time for County Government Golf Tournament
Onion Creek Golf Club
2 p.m.

TAC Audit Committee Meeting  
Room 402


Wednesday, Aug. 28

8-5:30 p.m. Registration Desk Hours
4th Floor of the Hilton
8-11 a.m. Judicial Education Meeting
Room 414
9 a.m. TAC Board Meeting  
Room 406
10-5:30 p.m. Connection Corner Hours
4th Floor of the Hilton
12-4 p.m. Opening General Session
Governor's Ballroom, 4th Floor
12 p.m. Lunch
Lunch is on us! We are mixing business and BBQ to begin the Legislative Conference. 
1 p.m.

Opening Session and Welcome
Presiding: Hon. Connie Hickman, Navarro County Justice of the Peace and President, Texas Association of Counties
Mr. Gene Terry, Executive Director, Texas Association of Counties 

 

If the Legislature Can do Aanything, Why’d It Create Counties?
Speaker: Mr. Sonny Brasfield, Executive Director, Association of County Commissions of Alabama

  Legislative Update: County Perspective
Speaker: Mr. Paul Sugg,
Legislative Director, Texas Association of Counties 
 

Champion of County Government Awards

 

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
Speakers:  Former Speaker Pete Laney, Rep. Todd Hunter, Texas House of Representatives. Mr. Harvey Kronberg, The Quorum Report, and Mr. Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
The world is changing quickly, with new forms of electronic media changing the way we all communicate with each other and with the Legislature. But what really has changed? The power of grass roots advocacy and a sold, unified message remain at the core of what happens during the session. Seasoned political hands discuss old traditions in a new era.

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Digital Democracy: Civic Engagement in a Wireless World
Speaker: Mr. Carey Roberts, Managing Director, Texas, The Herald Group, LLC

2-5 p.m.

Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas Board Meeting
Room: 406

4 - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opening Fiesta  
Austin Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor 

Thursday, Aug. 29

7-5 p.m.

Registration Desk Hours
4th Floor of the Hilton

7-8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
4th Floor
7:30-4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Hours
Austin Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor
8-5 p.m. Connection Corner Hours
4th Floor of the Hilton
8-9:05 a.m. Legislative Discussion Sessions
 

(For your convenience, the following sessions are repeated again from 9:30-10:35 a.m.)

Discussion Session 1
Tapping the Well: How State Water Plan Funding Will Address Local Water Needs

Discussion Session 2
E-Filing Essentials: Regulations and Implementation

Discussion Session 3
Juvenile Justice Update: Reorganization Progress, Funding and New Legislative Initiatives

Discussion Session 4
Connecting with Constituents: Practical Tools for Educating the Public

9:05-9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
Austin Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor
9:30-10:35 a.m. Repeat Sessions 1-4
10:30-3:15 p.m.

Spouse Event

10:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45-11:50 a.m. Legislative Discussion Sessions
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 (For your convenience, the following sessions are repeated from 1:20-2:25 p.m.)   

Discussion Session 5
Paving the Way: Road Funding and What’s Next for Counties

Discussion Session 6
Threats and Opportunities of Technology in County Government

Discussion Session 7
Avoiding Lockup: Options and Resources for Mental Health Diversions


Discussion Session 8
Expect the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness and How to Manage Catastrophic Events

11:50-1:20 p.m. Networking Lunch
Ballroom A&B, 4th Floor
1:20-2:25 p.m. Repeat Sessions 5-8
2:25-3 p.m.

Connect, Learn, and Exchange with Your Peers
Ice cream in the Exhibit Hall

  County Association Meetings
  The meetings below are sponsored by the president and legislative chair of each organization
3-5 p.m. Texas Association of County Auditors
3-5 p.m. County & District Clerks’ Association of Texas
3-5 p.m. Justices of the Peace & Constables Association of Texas  
3-5 p.m. Sheriffs’ Association of Texas and Texas District & County Attorneys Association
3-5 p.m. Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas  
3-5 p.m. County Treasurers’ Association of Texas
3-5 p.m. County Judges & Commissioners Association of Texas
5-7 p.m. 254 Diner
Step back to the 1950s and make the scene, Daddy-O, at the 254 Diner. It’ll be a Texas Counties blast! Refuel with hearty and satisfying diner favorites and hoppin’ tunes. TAC legislative staff will be on hand to talk with you and answer your question about legislative issues.
Sponsored by: Texas Association of Counties Core Legislative Group

​Friday, Aug. 30 ​
7:30-11 a.m. Registration Desk Hours
8 a.m.​ Breakfast
4th Floor
8:30-11 a.m.​

​Closing General Session
Presiding: Hon. Donnie Allred, Oldham County Judge and President-elect, Texas Association of Counties

 

Secure: How to avoid Attacks on Hardware and Data
Speaker: Mr. Morgan Holkesvik, Network and Systems Manager, Texas Association of Counties

 

 2013: A Breakthrough Year, or Mired in Gridlock?
Speaker: Rachel Smolkin, Deputy Managing Editor, Politico

11 a.m. Adjourn