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Message from Carlos - February 2017

February 1, 2017

The 85th Legislative Session kicked off earlier this month with much less fan-fare than in years following a gubernatorial election. Being the mid-term for our Governor and Lt. Governor means there are no inaugural festivities at the state level. Of course, at the Federal level, there was a plethora of celebrations, and protests, surrounding our new President Donald Trump.

Increased Smoking Age Benefits Our Military

February 1, 2017

"If an eighteen year old can sign up to fight and die for his country, an eighteen year old ought to be able to buy a pack of cigarettes."

I have heard that line repeated ad nauseum over the ten years I have been working to raise the smoking age in the State of Texas. As a country, as a state, and as elected officials, we are charged with protecting our children. We must give great pause before we send them into the horrors of war. We must strive to make prudent choices when making decisions that can harm our children. Young adults, those that we ask to serve and protect, are the same men and women who can fall victim to a lifetime of the ravages of cigarettes and addiction to nicotine.

Sen. Uresti’s Committee Assignments to Serve District 19 Well

February 1, 2017

Austin, TX—Committee assignments for the 85th Legislative Session are official and Senator Carlos Uresti will maintain his appointment to the powerful Senate Finance Committee, and receive a promotion to Vice-Chair on the Health and Human Services Committee. In tune with the needs of Senate District 19, Sen. Uresti will serve on the Education, and Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committees.

Uresti Brothers Take Oath of Office

February 1, 2017

AUSTIN, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti and newly elected State Representative Tomas Uresti took their respective oaths of office Tuesday at the Texas State Capitol. The 140-day legislative session runs through May 29th. The brothers are the first siblings in Texas to serve concurrently representing House and Senate districts since 1940.

“This is an exciting day for our family and for our supporters. Our parents instilled in us the importance of serving our community, and the opportunity to do so together at the Capitol is an honor for our family. Now that we’re sworn in, I think I can speak for both of us and say that it’s time to get to work.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Energy Update - February 2017

February 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas rose to 351 according to Baker Hughes, an oil services firm. Nationally, there were 712 rigs at work, a number that has been steadily increasing for several months. Likewise, US crude oil inventories are stabilizing at around 183 million barrels according to the Energy Information Administration. Overall, US crude production rose throughout the month, now about 8,961 million barrels/day – although this remains down from 9,235 million barrels/day from this time last year.

85th Legislature Session Opening Day

January 5, 2017

Join us at the Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, January 10th from 12 pm to 3 pm in Room 4E.2 for an Opening Day Reception. We will be serving food and refreshments as legislators take their oath and begin the 85th Legislative Session.

Below are links to PDF files with more information for parking at the Capitol. We hope to see you there!

 

General Maps of Capitol: http://www.tspb.texas.gov/plan/maps/maps.html

Capitol Complex: http://www.tspb.texas.gov/plan/maps/doc/capitol_complex_maps/capitol_com...

Message from Carlos - January 2017

January 1, 2017

With the holidays wrapped up, and the decorations in one stage or another of storage, my attention is now focused on final preparations for the upcoming legislative session.

The 85th Legislative Session will begin on Tuesday, January 10th, and run for 140 days, concluding on May 29th. While the session has a tendency to start out slow, with much pomp and circumstance, before we know it, long days and early mornings will be the norm, as the major issues facing our state once again get their day in the sun—or the shade.

“Senator Santa” Visits District 19

January 1, 2017

Sen. Carlos Uresti and staff, dressed as ‘Senator Santa’ and his ‘misfits’, began his annual swing through his Southwest Texas senate district to deliver the toys collected at Senator Uresti’s 20th Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive.

In addition to delivering toys at Head Start programs and day care centers, "Santa" also visits day habilitation facilities and nursing homes, where residents are given a calendar of the Texas State Capitol and a coffee mug.

“This is why I do what I do, to put a smile on a kid's precious face—it’s priceless, and the best part of my job as Senator. I hope one day, these kids think back on today and become inspired to make a difference for the kids in their community.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Energy Update - January 2017

January 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas continued to rise in December with a count of 324 compared to 271 near the end of November, according to December 30th rig data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 658 rigs at work compared to 593 at the end of November. Likewise, US crude oil inventories are down compared to November numbers and now amount to 486 million barrels, but are up compared to early December, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Be a “Page for a Day”

January 1, 2017

The Texas Senate will once again offer students between the ages of 6-18 the opportunity to be a Senate Page for a day.

As a Page, your child will shadow one of our Senate Messengers on the floor of the Senate, and around the Texas Capitol. Page shifts are four hours long, either 9am to 12pm, or 1pm to 4pm when the legislature is in session.

For additional information, or to enroll your child in the Senate page program, please call my Capitol office at (512) 463-0119.