Session topics and times are subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 3

8:00–8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:45–9:30 a.m.

Collaborative Leadership Gets the Work Done
Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has always taken a pragmatic approach to governance, and is a strong advocate for local officials making decisions that impact their constituents.  In this inspiring keynote, Straus will share his approach to governance and leadership, one that means setting aside ego, building common ground, and working together to solve the tough issues.

Joe Straus, Former Texas House Speaker and TML Legislative Hall of Honor Inductee

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Make the Most Impact at the Capitol
Attend this important session to learn how you and your city can make the most impact at the Capitol during the 2023 legislative session. You’ll discuss:

• How to effectively communicate with your state legislator
• What to include in your correspondence on key issues and bills
• The best way to track the status of specific bills
• Tips for testifying at the Capitol

Jesse Ancira, Founder and Principal, Ancira Strategies; and Snapper Carr, Partner and General Counsel, Focused Advocacy

10:15-11:30 a.m. Legislative Update for 2023

Whether you’re an experienced city advocate or new to legislative activities, keeping track of bills that affect your city is critical. Learn what city-related issues are shaping up to be priorities in the 88th legislative session, and how your grassroots involvement is essential to protecting your ability to serve your residents and govern effectively.

Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director; Michael Martin, Legislative Counsel; Monty Wynn, Director, Grassroots and Legislative Services; and JJ Rocha, Grassroots and Legislative Services Manager, Texas Municipal League