The 26th Annual United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event is a joint project of Texas’ five United Methodist Annual Conferences and Texas Impact. This year’s theme is “A Thousand Voices: Telling the Story of Texas.” It is a time to learn the latest on the issues, meet with state leaders, and visit the Texas Capitol.
Legislative Event is a national model educational program that brings together women of all ages and backgrounds to learn how state government works, what key issues face Texas, and how to advocate effectively on issues they care about.
Legislative Event 2013 Agenda (subject to change)
Wondering about the agenda structure? Sunday’s sessions are focused on projects and programs you can do, and local or regional issues and opportunities. Monday’s sessions are focused on state legislative issues. Tuesday we’ll go to the Capitol and visit legislative offices.
Sunday, January 27
1:30-3:00pm COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAM TRAINING (http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/hhsc_projects/cpp/)
3:00-4:15pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
4:30-5:45pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
6:30-8:30pm DINNER & KEYNOTE
8:30-10pm SOCIAL PRINCIPLES DISCUSSION (optional)
Monday, January 28
8:30-9:00am PRAISE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
9:00-10:00am HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ISSUESMiryam Bujanda, Methodist Healthcare Ministries
10:30-11:30am NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUESHon. Kip Averitt, Chair, Texas Clean Energy Coalition Joshua Houston, General Counsel, Texas Impact
12:00-1:00 LUNCH DISCUSSION: PAYDAY LENDING AND FAMILY FINANCIAL STABILITYDon Baylor, Center for Public Policy Priorities
1:30-2:30pm EDUCATION ISSUESAmanda Brownson, Moak, Casey and Associates Beaman Floyd, Beaman Floyd Consulting
2:30-3:30 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUESCindy Eigler, Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy
4:00-5:00 CONFERENCE CAUCUSES*
6:00 SILENT AUCTION CLOSES
HARRIET JANE OLSON, NATIONAL UMW
7:30pm LOBBY TRAININGBee Moorhead, Executive Director, Texas Impact Beaman Floyd
Tuesday, January 29
8:00-9:00am TRAVEL TO CAPITOL FOR LOBBY VISITS
9:00-11:30am LEGISLATIVE VISITS**
11:30am CLOSING SESSION (CAPITOL AUDITORIUM)
* Only UMW members may participate in conference caucuses; during the caucus period, Texas Impact will work with participants from other denominations and traditions on policy discernment activities.
** Texas Impact staff will schedule legislative visits for all Legislative Event registrants.
Registration is unlimited and men are welcome, too, at the Texas Methodist Women’s Legislative Event. This extraordinary opportunity for information on justice issues in Texas and strategies for affecting them is OPEN. Only United Methodist Women can vote on their legislative agenda for 2014, but all other aspects of the event are for everyone.. Read more about the event and register here.