Thursday, January 17, 2019

Members to advocate for TEXPERS during the 86th Texas Legislative Session 

By Barbara Zlatnik, TEXPERS

The Capitol building in Austin.
Forty-three TEXPERS members have registered for next week’s “Communicate Effectively with Legislators” workshop to be held Jan. 22 and 23 in Austin.

The Workshop begins on Tuesday at the DoubleTree Suites, located at 303 West 15th St., with a working lunch. A facilitated session follows, which covers best practices for Capitol visits, “what not to do” at legislative meetings, effectively giving legislative testimony as well as the basics of the law-making process and the environment in which public policy is made.  

Joe Gagen, legislative advocacy trainer, will conduct this program; he has conducted several workshops for TEXPERS in recent years. TEXPERS’ lobbying firm, HillCo, will review the association’s legislative agenda, any pension-related legislation currently filed this legislative session, as well as talking points for members with lawmakers. A reception will take place after the conclusion of the workshop. Legislators have been invited and the reception is sponsored by HillCo. 

Joe Gagen
Then, on Wednesday, attendees will have breakfast at the DoubleTree before walking over to the Capitol at 8 a.m. to attend pre-scheduled appointments with their representatives.   

In addition to meeting with legislators, TEXPERS members will participate in a recognition of TEXPERS’ 30th Anniversary on the floors of the House and Senate. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Dist. 28, will sponsor the House of Representative’s resolution commemorating TEXPERS along with U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Dist. 5. TEXPERS Board members will be introduced on the floor of the House at 10 a.m. and on the floor of the Senate at 11 am. Sally Velasquez, TEXPERS’ executive director, worked with State Rep. John Wray, R-Waxahachie, to draft the resolution, which he will introduce to the House. Then, State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, will introduce the resolution on the Senate floor.  

TEXPERS attendees will attend scheduled appointments throughout the day Wednesday before the event concludes. 

To learn more, contact TEXPERS at or call 713-622-8018. 

About the Author:
Barbara Zlatink is the associate director for programs and training at TEXPERS. 

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