Details set for Aug. 26-28 virtual Legislative Conference

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TAC's 2020 Legislative Conference, set for Aug. 26-28, will help county officials and staff prepare for and become engaged in the upcoming 87th session of the Texas Legislature.

The conference brings together hundreds of county officials and staff members to connect with their public servant peers, legislators and subject matter experts about today's most pressing issues for county government.

In response to calls to slow the spread of COVID-19, this year's conference will be held online. It will be the same premier event, just transformed into a virtual experience. Attendees will take advantage of keynotes, breakout sessions, roundtables and networking opportunities from the comfort of their home or office through a virtual conference platform.

How to access the virtual conference platform

Conference attendees will need to access the internet and use a browser to log in and join the virtual event. TAC staff recommends using Google Chrome. The platform works most smoothly with that browser. Others, such as Firefox, may cause problems. Attendees should not use Internet Explorer. It is not a supported browser for the event.

Google Chrome is a free download; however, some county information technology departments may require county staff to get approval before downloading new software.

Learn more and register at www.county.org/legconference.

Texas comptroller to keynote event

As the evolving pandemic impacts Texans and county government on a grand scale, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will address conference attendees about how the coronavirus has impacted the state's economy and workforce. He will discuss related revenue issues for the next legislative session and how the local partnership between the state and counties has grown and become an integral part of any emergency management operation.

Hegar was elected as Texas comptroller of public accounts in November 2014. Hegar is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. He is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and earned his law degree at St. Mary's University.

As comptroller, Hegar is chief finance officer for the world’s 10th-largest economy. He has emerged as a passionate advocate for conservative financial management and government transparency who has focused on creating a more efficient and customeroriented agency.

The comptroller's office is committed to ensuring local government entities in Texas have access to stimulus funding information, guidelines and assistance.

Overview of legislative discussion sessions

By considering current events and the input of county officials from across the state, TAC's Legislative Department has put together a full lineup of timely breakout sessions featuring policymakers and experts who will provide insights and offer solutions and ideas on how to better navigate the challenges Texas is facing ahead of the legislative session.

The 10 breakout sessions listed below are the centerpiece of the conference's learning opportunities. Attendees can customize their conference experience by choosing the topics most important to them and their county.

  • Behavioral Health During a Crisis: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Community
  • Court Systems Moving Into the Future
  • COVID-19 and the Texas Health Care System
  • COVID-19 Grant Resources Roundtable
  • Emergency Management: What Should I Know Today?
  • Gearing Up for the November 2020 Election
  • Law Enforcement Response to COVID-19
  • Senate Bill 2
  • TAC’s Federal Outreach Initiative
  • The 2020 Census and Redistricting in a COVID-19 World

Virtual exhibit hall

This year, exhibitors will share information about their products and services for counties, display their latest innovations and connect with attendees in a virtual exhibit hall. The online space will also provide information about TAC programs and services.

Registration online

Visit www.county.org/legconference to register at the virtual conference rate of $100. Registrants will receive details on how to log in and sign on to the conference. TAC will share conference updates via email, the TAC website, and the TAC Facebook page and Twitter feed.