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State Lawmakers Winding Up for New Session

- Register Now for TAB’s 2023 Legislative Conference

State lawmakers are racing to replenish their campaign coffers ahead of an early December deadline that prohibits fundraising 30 days before and after a regular legislative session. The talk at these events centers around various parties’ legislative goals which for TAB include not just securing much-needed fixes to the state’s Open Government laws, but also protecting past policy wins and advancing economic development measures that benefit our communities.

Texas Radio & TV broadcasters will have an opportunity to weigh in on these issues directly with their legislators at TAB’s 2023 Legislative Day Conference on Jan. 31 in Austin. All station owners, general managers, news directors and sales managers are encouraged to attend and help advance Texas broadcasters’ agenda in the five-month session.


Legislative Conference Details

The Jan. 31st event runs from 10AM to 2PM and features in-depth policy briefings on TAB’s agenda, as well as major state issues that will dominate the session which runs from Jan. 10 to May 29.

The briefings will be followed by face-to-face discussions between lawmakers and broadcasters over lunch, which is co-sponsored to date by Audacy, Cox Media Group, Gray Television and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Overall, TAB’s Legislative Conference focuses on building or strengthening personal relationships which are especially key as lawmakers’ schedules grow increasingly hectic throughout the session.

And while TAB will be pushing several bills for passage, broadcasters must be prepared to defend policy victories secured in past sessions ranging from Open Government to newsroom protections to tax regulations.

Home Away from Home

TAB member station newsrooms are invited to check in at their home away from home when in Austin – the TAB office just a couple blocks from the Capitol.

The space includes the TAB Board Room where group interviews can be conducted, as well as individual offices – both private and open – where journalists can work on stories. We even have a couple parking spaces to share on occasion. 

Just call ahead so we can be sure we can accommodate you!

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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