FOIFT State Conference Agenda

The FOI Foundation’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Annual State Conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road, in Austin on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. We will be in Zilker Rooms 1 & 2.

8:15 a.m. – Registration opens, coffee and pastries available
8:50 a.m. – Welcoming remarks, Jim Hemphill, FOIFT president
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.Texas Legislature: Restoring Transparency, Protecting Free Speech; Arif Panju, managing attorney for Institute for Justice-Texas office (moderator); Rep. Todd Hunter; Sen. Kirk Watson; JT Morris, First Amendment attorney
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 to 11:45 a.m.Police Accountability and the People’s Right to Know; Tom Williams, First Amendment attorney (moderator); Josh Hinkle, investigative team leader at KXAN; Kathy and Robert Dyer, police transparency activists; Andre Segura of American Liberties Union of Texas; Farah Muscadin, director of City of Austin Office of Police Oversight
Noon to 1:30 p.m.John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Rep. Dade Phelan, chair of Texas House State Affairs, in an interview with Austin bureau chief Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News; presentations of State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards; Spirit of FOI Awards; James Madison Award; Open Government Lawmaker of the Year Award
1:45 to 3 p.m.Successful strategies: News Reporters and Government Officials Tackle Transparency Best Practices; Yvonne Mintz, editor and publisher of The Facts (moderator); Jessica Priest of the Victoria Advocate; Jeff Coyle, director of government and public affairs for the city of San Antonio; Ruth Soucy, deputy general counsel for open records for the state comptroller’s office; Joe Ellis, executive producer of investigations at KVUE