AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 17th Annual Policy Orientation will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Austin on Jan. 9-11, 2019, just as the 86th Texas Legislative Session begins. Policy Orientation is the premier gathering where conversations are fostered between scholars, experts, policymakers, and all Americans interested in the future of the Lone Star State—and the country. BELOW IS THE POLICY ORIENTATION SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019: 10:30 a.m.- Registration Opens 12:00-1:15 p.m. Opening Keynote Luncheon, Speaker TBA 1:30-2:45 p.m. Concurrent Panel Session I Parenting in Freedom or Fear Despite Texans fierce independent streak, raising children with limited parental supervision to encourage independence has become controversial. Can Texas parents grant their children freedom without running afoul of the law? How can lawmakers protect parental rights while also ensuring child welfare? Panelists: Lenore Skenazy, President, Let Grow and Founder, Free-Range Kids | Corey Widen, Parent | Trevor Woodruff- Deputy Commissioner, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services The School Finance Commission Report is Out! What’s Next? The School Finance Commission has finally spoken and experts on both sides have examined the recommendations. Find out how the proposal came together and which ones the Texas Legislature are likely to consider, pass, or ignore. Panelists: Larry Taylor- Texas State Senator | Sagar DesaiChief Operating Officer, Commit Partnership | Scott BristerPartner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP/ Commission on Public School Finance Priced Out of House and Home: Texas’ Affordability Crisis Home prices are outpacing Texans’ ability to pay. To what extent, if any, do local government taxes, fees, and regulations contribute to the housing affordability problem, and what is the proper role of the Texas Legislature in addressing this problem? Panelists: Bill Hammond- CEO, Bill Hammond and Associates | Emily Hamilton- Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University | Travis MitchellMayor, City of Kyle, Texas | Geoffrey Tahuahua- Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs, Real Estate Council of Austin | Lourdes Castro-Ramirez- President, University Health System Foundation 3:00-4:15 p.m. Concurrent Panel Session II First Amendment U: Will Texas Act to Protect Free Speech on Campus? Universities are becoming ground zero for speech suppression rather than promoters of free expression and competing ideas? What role, if any, does the state government have in protecting free speech on college campuses? Panelists: Stanley Kurtz- Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, DC | Kel Seliger- Texas State Senator | Marcus Fotenos- Director of DC Relations, Turning Point USA The Price of Safety: Can Justice Be Cost-Effective? From police to prosecutors, from jails to judges, the state’s criminal justice system costs Texans over $16 billion in state and local taxes each year. This panel will discuss outcomes, areas of inefficiency, and opportunities for improvement facing the 86thLegislature. Panelists: John Whitmire- Texas State Senator | James White- Texas State Representative | Jake HorowitzDirector, Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts Does NAFTA Support Prosperity in Texas? Texas leads the nation in economic growth and international trade. Were Texas a country, it would have the world’s 10th-largest economy—a ranking achieved in no small part by the state’s deep involvement in international trade. Local, national, and international tradeprovide the ability for more extensive specialization, and each is an important component of Texas’ economy. Panelists: Leila Afas- Director, International Trade Policy, Toyota | Matt Shaheen- Texas State Representative, Texas House of Representatives | Doug McCullough- Director, Lone Star Policy Institute | Glenn Hegar- Texas Comptroller.