“Bigger, Better Lobby Days” will be Feb. 4-5, 2019 in Austin. A new larger venue for lodging at the Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake, training, free parking, and shuttle to the Capital. We will all fit in the training room! Save the dates!
Make plans to go to Austin and meet your State Senators and Representatives.
Join League members from around the state on Monday, Feb 4th to learn about our priority issues. On Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2019 go to the Capitol to advocate for issues important to the League. Making a visit to a legislator’s office in the Texas Capitol can have a great influence on how leaders think about issues. A legislative visit is an opportunity for you to supply our leaders with valuable info information. The willingness to make a visit to a legislative office tells leaders how important League issues are to you and your community.
Where: Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake, 20 N. IH 35
Lobby Days Schedule
Monday, Feb. 4:
12:30 pm Check in
1:00 Lobby Days Advocacy Training
- Beth Stevens, Voting Rights Program Director, Texas Civil Rights Project. "Voting Rights and Election in Texas". Stevens is responsible for the oversight of TCRP’s voting rights litigation and for partnering with local, state-wide, and nation-wide organizations to ensure eligible Texans are able to vote. Beth brings extensive litigation and advocacy experience to this role. She received her BA in History from UT Austin and her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law.
- Bob Popinski, Director of Policy, Raise Your Hand Texas. "Financing Public Education in Texas" An expert on the Texas school finance system, Popinski provided Moak Casey with in-depth bill and policy analysis during the past seven legislative sessions and throughout the state’s two most recent school finance court cases. He specialized in helping districts interested in entering economic development agreements and has authored detailed studies on Texas’ fast growth school districts, tax appraisal limits, and its state school transportation funding system.
- Evelyn Delgado, President, Healthy Futures of Texas and Chair of the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition. "Women’s Health in Texas." Delgado has extensive experience as a senior-level executive leader in public health at the Texas Department of State Health Services, including overseeing women’s and children’s health programs. With over 20 years of public service, Delgado served in leadership roles on numerous quality improvement task forces, including the Executive Committee of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives, Texas Medical Association Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal Health, and the Council on Children and Families. Delgado was also appointed to the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and on the National Campaign for the Prevention of Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a state and local action advisory group.
6:30-9:00 You will not want to miss out on the Making Democracy Work Dinner!
Victoria M DeFrancesco Soto, Ph.D. will speak on "The Power of Women" Voting, Policy, and Politics in Texas for this years Making Democracy Work dinner. Dr. Soto is a lecturer at The University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was selected as one of UT’s Game Changers.
Dr. Soto is a contributor to MSNBC and NBCNews.com, as well as a regular political analyst for Telemundo. She has provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision and NPR, and has appeared on HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher." Most recently, Victoria was a featured expert in the PBS documentary "Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice," about the civil rights trailblazer.
Tuesday, Feb. 5th
9:00 am Gather at the Capitol to visit with legislators and discuss League priority issues.