2015 Conference Agenda

Transparency: Talk vs. Practice
2015 Bernard and Audre Rapoport Annual State Conference
Sept. 17, 2015
Hyatt Regency, Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road

8 a.m., Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m., Opening Remarks and Spirit of FOI Award Presentation
FOI Foundation of Texas President Diana Fuentes

9 to10:25 a.m., Ethics Disclosures: Are Texans Fully Informed?
Moderator: Emily Ramshaw, editor, The Texas Tribune, and FOI Foundation board member. Panelists: Texas Ethics Commission Chairman Paul Hobby; Ethics Commissioner Jim Clancy; and state Rep. Sarah Davis.

10:25 to 10:45 a.m., Break

10:45 to 11:45 a.m., FOI Interview with UT System Regent Wallace Hall
Moderator: Ross Ramsey, executive editor, The Texas Tribune.

Noon to 1:30 p.m., John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon
Featuring keynote speaker Mark K. Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, and presentation of the James Madison Award to former Senator Don Adams and State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards to outstanding journalists.

2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Transparency, Accountability and the 2015 Legislature
Moderator: Laura Prather, partner at Haynes and Boone and FOI Foundation board member. Panelists: Rep. Todd Hunter, chairman of House Calendars Committee; Frank Battle, general counsel to House Speaker Joe Straus; and Donnis Baggett, executive vice president, Texas Press Association.

3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Ask the Experts
Get answers to questions in one-on-one chats with Hadassah Schloss, director of open government, Texas General Land Office; Brian Collister, investigative reporter, KXAN-TV; and Joe Ellis, investigative producer, KXAN-TV.