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Wednesday, January 8 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Consumer Protection or Burden? Regulation of the Marketplace

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From homeowners and title insurance to electricity markets and consumer lending, consumers face significant regulatory barriers. Not always content to leave these transactions to the market, policymakers have adopted numerous regulations. This begs the question, are existing consumer protections in our laws helping consumers or stifling consumer choice? This panel will examine how much consumer protection is enough. 


Kathleen Hunker

Policy Analyst for the Center for Economic Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kathleen Hunker is a policy analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She is also a managing editor of the Foundation’s research and publications. Prior to joining the Foundation, Hunker worked as a legal associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, where she conducted rigorous research and writing on a wide-range of federal and state cases in order to advance the... Read More →

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Representative Dan Flynn

Texas House of Representatives
Dan Flynn is in his sixth term representing House District 2 in the Texas House of  | Representatives, where he has gained a reputation as a strong fighter for the values of  | limited government, fiscal responsibility, and family values. In 2013, Representative Flynn  | was named East Texas Legislator of the Year for his principled conservative leadership. | | Throughout his years of public service in the Texas House of... Read More →
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Tom "Smitty" Smith

Texas Director, Public Citizen
Smitty has served as state director of Public Citizen since 1985 and serves on the boards of Clean Water Action,  | the Texas Wind Power Coalition, Texans for Public Justice, Campaigns for People, the Clean Energy Project of  | CEERT, a nature preserve, and a solar energy company. He has recently received the Thomas Paine award from  | Campaigns for People, 2001 Austin Chronicle's critics choice award for “Best People's... Read More →
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Representative John Smithee

Texas House of Representatives
Representative John Smithee was elected State Representative of the 86th District in the November 1984 election. His district is comprised of Dallam, Deaf Smith, Hartley, Oldham, Parmer and Randall Counties. He has served as Chairman of Insurance since 1993. In addition to the Insurance Committee, he currently serves on the State Affairs Committee and also serves as Co-Chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Seacoast Territory Insurance and as... Read More →
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Senator Larry Taylor

The Texas State Senate
Senator Larry Taylor represents Senate District 11, comprised of parts of Brazoria, Galveston  | and Harris Counties. A native Texan, Larry attended Baylor University where he received his  | BBA in 1982. He and his wife Kerri are the proud parents of three adult children. Larry owns  | Truman Taylor Insurance Agency in Friendswood, an independent agency started by his father  | more than 50 years ago.  | | Senator... Read More →

Wednesday January 8, 2014 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Capitol Ballroom AB

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