State Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative Travis Clardy announced the participants for the Lone Star Legislative Summit’s six panel discussion sessions and the panel moderators.
“Having Senator Nichols and Representative Clardy as LSLS co-hosts and serving in this role is key for building the best LSLS,” said Nacogdoches County Chamber Government Affairs Co-Chair Donna Finley. “They know their fellow legislators well and have those with knowledge and experience in the summit’s various topics seated at the tables. In addition, attention has been given to placing a variety of representation on all panels, so attendees can expect to hear honest comments from legislators representing all Texans.”
LSLS panel discussions run throughout the day on Friday, April 8 in the SFASU Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater, 2nd floor. Discussion topics are immigration, education, infrastructure, energy, healthcare and social media. “We greatly appreciate our state legislators for accepting the invitation to participate in LSLS,” Finley said.
“The Nacogdoches County Chamber has reached out to students and faculty on the SFA campus as well as across our community and East Texas, inviting all to attend the summit. The more involvement we have in LSLS can impact our region’s future. We have to keep in step with those who will make decisions for us in the 88th Texas Legislative Session,” said Government Affairs Co-chair Ted Smith.
Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan will make his address during the breakfast meeting on Friday morning, The luncheon keynote speaker is Christopher Cassidy, retired NASA astronaut, Navy SEAL and the current CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.
Registration is open for all LSLS events including the panel discussions. Contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber at 936-560-5533 or go to www.Nacogdoches.org/LSLS to find an online registration link, agenda and updates. Follow #LSLS2022 on social media.
The Lone Star Legislative Reception on Thursday, April 7 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center and the breakfast and lunch meetings at SFASU on April 8 each have ticket pricing. Panel discussions are free of charge. Attendees may be asked to show identification before entering meeting rooms.
The Media Madness panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in The Fredonia Hotel’s Banita Ballroom with Scott Braddock, The Quorum Report; Jim Henson, Ph.D., University of Texas and The Politics Project: Jay Root, Houston Chronicle and Bob Garrett, The Dallas Morning News; and moderator Les Linebarger, Nacogdoches, I.S.D.
The following are details for LSLS panel discussions on Friday, April 8 at Stephen F. Austin State University Baker Pattillo Student Center:
9:10 am- Session One: Immigration & Border Security: "Knock, Knock ... Who's There? The Changing Face of Immigration and Border Policy"
Sen. Cesar Blanco, Dist. 29
Sen. Dawn Buckingham, M.D., Dist. 24
Rep. Eddie Morales, Dist. 74
Rep. Matt Schaefer, Dist. 6
Rep. Stan Lambert, Dist. 71
Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson, Dist. 56
Moderated by Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Texas Association of Business
10:10 am- Session Two: How to Be Smart about Education: "Affordability, Accessibility and Affluence" sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas
Sen. Larry Taylor, Dist. 11
Rep. Harold Dutton, Dist. 142
Rep. Gary VanDeaver, Dist. 1
Rep. John Raney, Dist. 14
Rep. Keith Bell, Dist. 4
Rep. Hugh Shine, Dist. 55
Rep. Dan Huberty, Dist. 127
Moderated by Dr. Audrey Young, State Board of Education, Nacogdoches I.S.D.
11:10 am- Session Three: Kings of the Road: How to Secure Infrastructure Dollars for the Home of the El Camino Real sponsored by The Associated General Contractors of Texas
Sen. Robert Nichols, Dist. 3
Rep. Ernest Bailes, Dist. 18
Rep. Dennis Paul, Dist. 129
Rep. Oscar Longoria, Dist. 35
Rep. John Kuempel, Dist. 44
Moderated by Lonnie Hunt, Executive Director, Deep East Texas Council of Governments
1:10 pm- Session Four: How to Burn Off Pent-Up Energy without Ruining the Planet: Balancing Energy Needs and a Growing Economy with an Uncertain Climate Future sponsored by Cheniere Energy.
Sen. Nathan Johnson, Dist. 1
Rep. Jay Dean, Dist. 7
Rep. Drew Darby, Dist. 72
Rep. Mary Ann Perez, Dist. 144
Moderated by Todd Staples, President, Texas Oil and Gas Association
2:10 pm- Session Five: Bless You! What to Do with More than the Common Cold - Life after COVID in Healthcare
Rep. Four Price, Dist. 87
Rep. Lynn Stucky, Dist. 64
Rep. David Spiller, Dist. 68
Rep. James White, Dist. 19
Moderated by Ryan Head, M.D., Head Pediatrics
3:10 pm- Session Six: The Social Dilemma Revisited: How to Protect Free Speech in a Bought-and-Paid-for-World
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Dist. 98
Rep. Jacey Jetton, Dist. 26
Rep. Gina Hinojosa, Dist. 49
Rep. Travis Clardy, Dist. 11
Rep. John Bucy, III, Dist. 136
Moderated by John Hendricks, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Panel discussion involvement is subject to change.