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.

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 and looking ahead
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 to 11:45 a.m. – Police accountability, public records and the people’s right to know
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
1:45 to 3 p.m. – Successful strategies: News reporters and government officials discuss best practices in open records and open meetings