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Special Session Recap

September 1, 2017

On August 15th, the Texas Legislature concluded the first Special Session of the 85th Legislature. Similar to the regular session, the special session was marked by contentious issues. In total, out of the Governor's twenty named items, the eight items below became law.

One notable item is Senate Bill 6, which requires cities to give residents a vote on annexation. During the regular session, I had concerns that this bill could have negative impacts on our military bases that help fuel the economies of San Antonio, Del Rio, and many other Texas cities. Fortunately, in the recent special session, the Texas House added a provision to allow land use regulation around a military base, prior to passage of the bill. 

Energy Update - September 2017

September 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas at the end of August was 456, much higher than last year but slightly down from last month, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 940 rigs at work, a decrease from 946 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production continues to slowly trend upward at around 9.53 million barrels/day.

The price of oil remained relatively flat but decreased throughout August and settled at a one month low. The surplus in global supply continues, but in the first two weeks of August, OPEC's crude oil exports decreased and oil prices increased slightly.

Hurricane Harvey Devastates Texas Communities

September 1, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, meaning that it had winds of 130 miles per hour. Before the hurricane hit, Governor Abbott declared it a disaster for 30 counties. He and the Governor of Louisiana then jointly requested a federal disaster declaration from the President. Shortly thereafter President Trump issued a disaster declaration for 18 counties in Texas, allowing federal money to aid in recovery efforts.

Message from Carlos - September 2017

September 1, 2017

I write with a heavy heart after the past week. Watching our fellow Texans on the coast, Central Texas, Houston, and in Southeast Texas suffer the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was truly frightening. I speak on behalf of the 810,000+ constituents of District 19 in offering our sincere condolences and commitment to help your communities regain a sense of normalcy as you begin to rebuild.

As a first step of that commitment, and in an effort to help some of the most vulnerable children in our state, I’ve engaged the Blue Ribbon Task Force, in partnership with the Bexar County Child Welfare Board to ensure our great non-profits organizations are able to provide important services to our foster children and families who have been displaced to Bexar County.

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.

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.