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Public Policy Committee and Meetings

Our Public Policy Committee supports and communicates public policy issues to our members that affect economic development in Richardson. Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month and cover local, state and federal legislative topics such as transportation, economic development, public and higher education and workforce development.

Contact Molly Ulmer at (972) 792-2811 or if you are interested in attending a meeting or for more information.

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Meetings Legislative Day DC Fly-In

The Richardson Chamber's Public Policy Committee works tirelessly to advocate for the Chamber and the Chamber's member companies.

This important committee develops the Chamber’s legislative agenda for each legislative session. The committee invites subject matter experts to monthly luncheon meetings in order to be better informed. Past speakers include state legislators, US Congressmen, RISD officials, City of Richardson City Manager, candidate forums, etc.

Luncheon meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the Chamber’s Board Room. Open to all Chamber members, meetings are attended by a variety of business executives, small business owners, professional service firms, and civic and political leaders. Luncheon meetings typically attract 25 to 30 attendees.

The Public Policy Committee also plans special events throughout the year that are open to all Chamber members to better inform them on important legislative issues.

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Recent Meeting Speakers and Topics

Public Policy meetings feature speakers who are policy expects or in the political sphere. They update the committee members on what's going on in Austin and DC or provide background and facts about hot button issues. To help you get a feel for our committee, see the list of previous speakers and topics below. Check the calendar for information on upcoming meetings.

December 12, 2016
Speakers: Senator Van Taylor and Representative Jeff Leach
Topics: Priorities for 85th Texas Legislative Session in 2017

November 14, 2016
Speakers: Amanda Rockow, VP for Public Affairs, University of Texas at Dallas and Taylor Lough, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Richardson
Topics: UT Dallas and City of Richardson legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session (2017)

October 10, 2016
Speakers: Liz Morse, Consultant for Richardson ISD, and Justin Lonon, Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff, DCCCD / Isaac Faz, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public & Governmental Affairs of DCCCD
Topics: RISD and Richland College of DCCCD legislative priorities; also, RCC legislative agenda

June 13, 2016
Speakers: Rep. Angie Chen Button, Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Linda Koop
Topic: Legislative priorities for 2017, update on hearings for interim charges

April 11, 2016
Speakers: Steve Fortenberry, CFO and Karla Oliver, Asst. Superintendent for Government, Community & Planning Initiatives, PISD and Dr. David Gardner, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Topic: PISD bond proposal; policy update regarding Texas public education

March 14, 2016
Speaker: Cal Jillson, Professor of Political Science, SMU
Topic: State of politics currently, particularly in light of recent primary; also, RISD bond program and interim charges

February 8, 2016
Speakers: Dr. Kay Waggoner, Superintendent; Tony Harkleroad, Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Jeannie Stone, Deputy Superintendent; Karah Altman, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Richardson ISD
Topic: RISD legislative priorities

January 8, 2016

Speaker: John Gonzales, Director of Congressional & Public Affairs, Southwest/South Central Region, US Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Federal policies