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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Thursday, January 7 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Local Control vs. Local Liberty

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This panel will examine the local control vs. local liberty debate that transpired in the 84th Session and where this dispute moves to next. Panelists will also discuss the benefits and perils of autonomous local governments. 


Moderators
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James Quintero

Director, Center for Local Governance, Texas Public Policy Foundation
James Quintero is the Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s premier conservative think tanks. He’s been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fox News and Breitbart. | | Since joining the Foundation in 2008, Quintero has focused his research efforts on: state & local government spending, debt, taxes, financial... Read More →

Speakers
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Senator Sylvia Garcia

Texas State Senate
Senator Sylvia R. Garcia is a native of the South Texas farming community, Palito Blanco. The eighth of ten children, Sylvia learned at an early age the value of education and hard work. Growing up, she saw her parents struggle to raise those ten children. And because of their struggles, her parents wanted to make sure each one their children had a good education in order to better their lives. As a result, Sylvia worked hard and attended... Read More →
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Senator Bob Hall

Texas State Senate
Texas Senator Bob Hall has proven himself to be a true champion of liberty.  Senator Hall graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received a Regular Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force. While a cadet at the Citadel he received numerous awards for leadership. He was the only Air Force Cadet selected to be a Battalion Commander and was awarded the coveted Wade... Read More →
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Luke Metzger

Director, Environment Texas
Luke Metzger is the founding Director of Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-funded advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces. The San Antonio Current has called Mr. Metzger "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has played a key role in dozens of successful environmental campaigns, including winning permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big... Read More →
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Representative Matt Rinaldi

Texas House of Representatives
Matt Rinaldi of House District 115 was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the Northwest portion of Dallas County. Representative Rinaldi sits on both the Committee on Business & Industry and the Committee on Agriculture & Livestock. | | Representative Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. in Economics, and Boston University... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Salon K

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