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Legislative Summit underway in Nacogdoches Co.

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Austin and Washington invaded East Texas Wednesday night.

The Lone Star Legislative Summit kicked off in Nacogdoches, Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Travis Clardy hosted 15 legislators and chamber members at the summit reception.

Sessions discussing topics such as healthcare, transportation, natural resources and education will start Thursday morning at the SFA Student Center.

"We're happy to be talking a lot tomorrow about higher education natural resources Senator Nichols I know will be getting into transportation," said Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

"It lets them know what our concerns are and what's on our mind and they can do their job better because they know what their constituents concerns are," Scarlett Sloan, Chair of Government Affairs.

This is the 5th Legislative Summit officials say it happens every other year.

Summit speakers say that the overall goal is communication between elected officials and people in the region.

"More than half of the legislation I carry comes from people in the district they bring me an issue they bring me a problem sometimes they have great ideas for solutions," said Sen, Robert Nichols.

"Rather than them read the paper or go to Austin to see how the legislation works or hear what they are thinking you can see it first hand and go to it in the comfort of your own backyard," said Rep. Travis Clardy.

The summit is free and open to the public.

Check-in starts Thursday morning bright and early at 7:00 a.m. the summit will end at 3:30 p.m.

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