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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.

This year, the Public Policy Committee is hosting the following events:

  • Legislative Day in Austin, Feb. 28 - March 1, 2017
  • Washington DC Fly-In, April 2-5, 2017

Check out our meeting sponsorships or and contact Molly Ulmer at 972-792-2811 for more information about sponsoring events.

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.

January 8, 2016
Speaker: John Gonzales, Director of Congressional & Public Affairs, Southwest/South Central Region, US Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Federal policies

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

January 9, 2015
Speakers: Chance Watson, District Field Coordinator, Texas 3rd District, Congressman Sam Johnson and Travis Reynolds, Outreach Coordinator, Texas District 32, Congressmen Pete Sessions
Topics: Federal issues, Committee Leadership, Etc.; also Legislative Day in Austin

February 13, 2015
Speaker: Mike Nasi, Balanced Energy for Texas
Topic: Texas energy policies

March 13, 2015
Speaker: Rebecca Cowle, Outreach Coordinator, Texas Central Railway
Topic: Status of high speed rail project in Texas; also Legislative Day wrap-Up and legislative updates from staff of elected officials

May 8, 2015
Speaker: Drew Campbell, Executive Director, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition
Topic: Transportation; also, state tax cuts proposed by House vs. Senate (comparison), legislative updated from staff of elected officials

June 12, 2015
Speaker: Ron Taylor, Past Chairman of the Board, RCC and Vice Chair of the City Charter Review Commission
Topics: Richardson City Charter amendments; also, legislative wrap-up and scorecard, legislative updates from staff of elected officials

August 8, 2016
Speaker: State Representative Matt Rinaldi
Topic: interim charges on cyber security, public education/higher education and business partnerships; also, legislative updates

September 11, 2015
Speakers: Jack Ladd, President, Move Texas Forward; Don Magner, Assistant City Manager, City of Richardson
Topics: Transportation, including Proposition 7; City bond election and charter amendments

November 13, 2015
Speaker: Michael Garcia, District Director for Congressman Jeb Hensarling
Topic: Federal issues