Program

Next Meeting:

Monday, June 12th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75220
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

The 85th Texas Legislative Session Wrap-up, or “Whose Ox Got Gored?”

The last gavel has fallen, our legislators have packed up and gone home, I-35 from Dallas to Austin is once again navigable, and the fallout effects from a nearly nuclear session are beginning to be felt and studied. Virtually every major entity, from universities to cities to counties to chambers to industry sectors and special-interest groups, puts together a legislative agenda in advance of a legislative session. Some, for example DART and the high-speed rail consortium, play defense and hope to emerge unnoticed and unscathed. Others want legislative relief from what they consider onerous governmental regulations; some seek a regulatory answer to social issues like biological gender restrictions for bathrooms. And everyone is looking for program money in a financially constrained budget year, while voters oppose any form of tax increase.

So who won and who lost? Whose ox got gored? Why? What are the anticipated consequences of major bills that were passed into law? Veteran observers of the legislature noted a distinctive difference in the tenor of the 85th session that bears acknowledging and analyzing. What does it portend? Please join us June 12th for a post-session debriefing by Drew Campbell, a veteran of working with the Texas legislature as a lobbyist for 35 years. Drew is a plain-spoken and knowledgeable advocate for the Dallas region, president and senior partner of Capitol Insights, and the executive director of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition.

Our Speaker

Drew Campbell has thirty-seven years of lobbying experience that included working for the Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma and culminated in a twenty-five year stint with the New Car Dealers Association of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. as its CEO. During his tenure with the associations, he forged countless relationships with business leaders and political figures at the local, State and Federal levels. Along with legislative management, Drew developed a firm grasp of media and public relations skills as he successfully represented the automobile industry as its regional and national spokesperson. Since starting Capitol Insights in 2008, Drew has brought his many skills to represent a variety of clients and business interests, including ATT, Select Resource Management, North Texas Commission, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, American Traffic Solutions, the Denton County Transportation Authority, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers as well as others.