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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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Friday, January 8 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
The Fourth Branch: EPA and the Administrative State

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Agencies – the essence of the administrative state – play ever more ubiquitous and decisive roles at both federal and state levels.  Ranging from housing permits, to licensing, to environmental regulation to health care, agencies touch every facet of our lives. EPA’s recent proliferation of expansive and overreaching rules like the Clean Power Plan and WOTUS, necessitates the need to take a look at the current Administrative State and its impact on Texas and Federalism. Short of eliminating many of the agencies and their programs, what can be done to cause them to operate more in line with sound conservative principles?

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The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White

Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence & Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. | | Prior to joining the Foundation, White served a six-year term as Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). With regulatory jurisdiction over air quality, water quality, water rights... Read More →

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Representative Drew Darby

Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Drew Darby represents nine counties in West Texas spanning the Concho Valley and Permian Basin, an area larger than seven states. Drew is a product of San Angelo schools and received a business degree and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He also attended the Darden School for Emerging Leaders at the University of Virginia. | | Drew was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. He has... Read More →
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John R. Hays, Jr.

Partner, Hays & Owens L.L.P.
John Hays has an extensive background in government, academia, and the private practiceof law, with a particular emphasis on energy and natural resources, including oil and gas. Hepractices law with Hays & Owens L.L.P. in Austin, is a certified mediator, and hasrepresented clients in a wide variety of matters, including litigation in the courts and beforestate and federal agencies. | | Mr. Hays has written and presented numerous papers on... Read More →
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Dudley McCalla

Counsel, Jackson Walker LLP
Attorney at Law – Of counsel to Jackson Walker L.L.P., 100 Congress Avenue, Suite 1100, Austin, Texas 78701.  LLB degree, University of Texas Law School 1959.  In 1959 and 1960, served as attorney with Texas Securities Board.  From 1961 to 1963 was an Assistant Attorney General of Texas, during which time he represented the State Board of Insurance, State Securities Board, Department of Banking and Saving and Loan... Read More →

Friday January 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
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