The events attracted about 200 Haynes and Boone clients and lawyers interested in an overview of the key issues facing the 85th legislature when it convenes Jan. 10.
At the Dallas stop for the panel road show, Anchia and Smith were joined by Cindy Burkett, a Republican who was first elected in 2010 to represent House District 101. The discussion explored potential impact of the new presidential administration on the state's trade with Mexico and other countries, border security, the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, public school finance and reform of the beleaguered Texas Child Protective Services system.
Audiences in Houston, Austin and San Antonio heard similar wide-ranging discussions.
In Houston, Anchia and Smith were joined by Republican Jim Murphy, a Republican serving west Houston in the Texas House. In Austin, the pair was joined by Larry Gonzales, a three-term Republican serving District 52, and in San Antonio Jason Isaac, a Republican representing Blanco and Hays counties, filled out the panel.
The events were part of a three-year-old series of pre- and post-legislative session events sponsored by Haynes and Boone in the interest of promoting a more informed electorate.