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Committees Work Hard in the Interim

February 1, 2018

2018 is off to a productive start as senate committees began meeting to tackle interim charges that could become a greater focus as we move into the next legislative session. Senator Uresti sits on the Finance, Education, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and Border Security, and Property Tax Reform Committees. Of these, the Finance Committee met in January to discuss the swift allocation of Hurricane Harvey funds, trauma funding for hospitals, and the Texas Emission Reduction Plan, among many other issues that affect the lives and well-being of Texans every day.

Energy Update - February 2018

February 1, 2018

The number of active drilling rigs at work in Texas on January 26th was stable around 466, slightly higher than last month's count, and significantly more than last year, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 947 rigs at work, up from 929 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production rising slightly each month since September and is nearly 9.9 million barrels/day, according to the Energy Information Agency.

Message from Carlos - February 2018

February 1, 2018

We often know February by the red and pink candy hearts, roses, and celebrating Valentine's Day with our loved ones. Of course, we should reserve February 14th to show appreciation to our spouses, children, and friends. As we are busy going through our daily lives, running our errands and thinking about our next chore, we can forget to take moments of appreciation for those around us. I challenge everyone to use the entire month of February to think about your loved ones, surprise them with a hand-written note, or hug them a little tighter.

Congress Approves Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Funding

February 1, 2018

Texan's eyes were on Congress earlier this month as members discussed a funding bill to keep the government open. Although members highlighted immigration as the main issue, there were other important missed opportunities in the bill, including funds for hurricane recovery.

Judge Rules Texas Foster Care System is Still Broken

February 1, 2018

Recently, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack gave Texas two years to make substantive changes to the foster care system. This ruling comes after Judge Jack’s 2016 ruling that the Texas foster care system failed to protect the children in its care from “unreasonable risk of harm”. Judge Jack ordered a 3 year federal oversight of the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) in the form of Special Masters, or court-appointed children’s rights experts.  Following the original ruling, Texas legislators made a series of changes to the system, including providing $150 million in emergency funding to hire more caseworkers and give a pay raise to help mitigate high turnover rates among caseworkers.

Team Uresti Attends Town Halls

February 1, 2018

Senator Uresti's team attended town halls sponsored by District Attorney Nicholas "Nico" LaHood throughout San Antonio. These Town Halls focus on public safety and have been a good space to hear the concerns from Senate District 19 constituents on public safety issues. Through the town halls, the Senator's team also met new potential Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF)  members and partners and connected interested individuals with initiatives the BRTF is spearheading and with CASA.

Small Team Makes Huge Moves

January 1, 2018

Senator Uresti and SD 19 are proud of the Balmorhea football team for its incredible victories. The team won each game by at least 30 points this season, and won 11 games by 45 points! On December 20th, the Bears made the 440-mile trip up to the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, where they showed off their incredible talent in the Class 1A Division II State Championships! The Bears represented us well with their fierce passion, sportsmanship, and athleticism. They deserve a standing ovation.

Message from Carlos - January 2018

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends and enjoyed a safe holiday season.

The new year is cause for celebration, but it is also time to reflect on past achievements and develop our commitments for 2018.  I have a number of New Year's resolutions for our state:

1. Ensure all kids in Texas are healthy.

Senator Santa makes his way throughout District 19

January 1, 2018

Senator Uresti just returned from his annual Senator Santa trip, where he visited with constituents in daycares and nursing homes throughout Senate District 19 and distributed toys to kids and gifts to elderly residents and staff.

To kick off the trip, Senator Uresti hosted his annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive at VFW Post 9186. Community leaders and constituents of Senate District 19 joined to collect hundreds of toys for children. Hundreds of guests had a great time with a full dinner, door prizes, and dancing.

Senator Uresti and the Blue Ribbon Task Force go Caroling for Kids!

January 1, 2018

Senator Uresti and the Blue Ribbon Task Force enjoyed caroling so much last year, that they went at it again! On December 22, the group sang its heart out, while also distributing information about the opportunity to connect mentors from the community with young parents journeying through the challenges of family life and parenting.

Senator Uresti began the Blue Ribbon Taskforce, a child abuse prevention coalition, in honor of Jovonie Ochoa's memory. Jovonie tragically passed away due to child abuse on Christmas Day fourteen years ago. The group caroled and undertook this initiative in Jovonie's honor.