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Act to Prevent the Spread of Zebra Muscles

August 1, 2017

They seem harmless, sitting at only a few centimeters long, but they present a huge ecologic and economic threat to Texas waters. Zebra mussels, named after the black stripes along their shells, can damage fishery production, aquatic life, and the Texas water-supply infrastructure. These little creatures can cost Texans hundreds of millions of dollars!

Over the past few weeks, the mussel population infested two Texas river systems - Canyon Lake on the Guadalupe River and Lake Travis on the Colorado River.

Though the state has made serious efforts to contain these creatures, they are usually spread by unknowing boaters who carry the mussels from infested to new waters. The consequences can be fast and extensive.

Message from Carlos - August 2017

August 1, 2017

The special legislative session called by Governor Greg Abbott is underway and has been a sprint in the Senate. My colleagues and I convened on the Senate floor or in committee almost every day since July 18th, including the weekends.

Of the measures we have considered, most were passed along party lines, with Democrats opposing, except for a bill providing a small one-time bonus to teachers and premium assistance for retired teacher’s healthcare—that bill received wide bi-partisan support.

Energy Update - August 2017

August 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas rose to a count of 463, significantly higher than last year but only up slightly from June's count, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 950 rigs at work, up from 941 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production is steady around 9.41 million barrels/day.

Oil prices reached a two-month high this week, as worldwide output stabilized. The price of West Texas Crude futures rose over 8.5%, nearly reaching $50/barrel.

Back to School Fair Saturday, August 5th

August 1, 2017

As in years past, Senator Carlos Uresti, the San Antonio Food Bank, AT&T, Wal-Mart, Silver Eagle Distributors, HEB, and dozens of community organizations are working with a few generous sponsors to help our children prepare for the important school year that lies ahead. Senator Uresti participates in Back to School Fairs in communities across Senate District 19.

The largest of the events is the San Antonio Back to School Fair, which draws thousands annually. 

What:   San Antonio District 19 Back to School Fair

When:   Saturday, August 5th, from 9am to 1pm

Where:  Palo Alto College Gymnasium– 1400 W Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78224.

Water Safety Saves Lives

August 1, 2017

Summer just wouldn't be complete without lazy hours spent splashing around in front yard sprinklers, neighborhood pools, and the state’s many creeks, lakes, and rivers. When it's hot outside, a little water makes everything better.

Kids get particularly excited around water, and in that excitement, they can accidentally hurt themselves or drown. We are only half way through the summer months, and so far 56 children in Texas have drowned. Of those 56 tragic deaths, 31 children drowned in a pool, 17 drowned in a natural body of water such as a river or lake, and 8 drowned in the bathtub. If the past is a predictor for the future, these numbers will get higher.  In 2016, Texas lost 107 innocent lives; we are on track to surpass that total.

While BRAC is Uncertain, Texas Should Prepare

July 1, 2017

A 4-letter word is being whispered in hushed tones across many military communities these days: “BRAC.” No, this isn’t a new texting acronym or swear word. Instead, BRAC is “Base Realignment and Closure”, a federal process that closes military bases. The last round of BRAC was in 2005, and previous rounds were in 1995, 1993, 1991, and 1988. The consequences of a BRAC round can be huge – a total of 350 installations were closed across the 5 rounds of BRAC.

Special Session to Convene July 18th

July 1, 2017

The 85th Legislative Session concluded on May 29th. However, on June 6th Governor Greg Abbott called for a special session to address twenty issues ranging from a slight pay raise for teachers to the use of do not resuscitate orders at hospitals. Importantly, when lawmakers return on July 18th to begin the special session, we will get to work immediately on bills that reauthorize some of the state's important boards, such as the Texas Medical Board. These boards provide oversight, recommendations, and penalties for a number of professions ranging from doctors to therapists to social workers.

Back to School Fair Saturday, August 5th

July 1, 2017

As in years past, Senator Carlos Uresti, and dozens of community organizations are working with a few generous sponsors to help our children prepare for the important school year that lies ahead. Senator Uresti participates in Back to School Fairs in communities across Senate District 19.

The largest of the events is the San Antonio Back to School Fair, which draws thousands annually. 

What:   San Antonio District 19 Back to School Fair

When:   Saturday, August 5th, from 9am to 1pm

Where:  Palo Alto College Gymnasium– 1400 W Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78224

Message from Carlos - July 2017

July 1, 2017

While we prepare for picnics, BBQ’s, fireworks, and all of the festivities that make Independence Day an iconic American holiday, we do so with heavy hearts in San Antonio.

This has been a tough year for San Antonio, specifically our first responders. Together, we mourned the shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi in November, and we lost a brave firefighter, Scott Deem in May. The latest tragedy is the senseless shooting of two San Antonio police officers on Thursday.

Energy Update - July 2017

July 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas rose to a count of 460, significantly higher than last year but only up on last month, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 941 rigs at work, up from 908 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production remains steady around 9.35 million barrels/day.

The price of oil slipped throughout June amid a global supply glut and lower-than-expected demand. An OPEC-Russia agreement to lower production and increases prices seems to have floundered among political disagreements and continued strong production from non-OPEC regions, particularly the United States.