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Uresti Files Bills to Raise Tobacco Age and Improve Voter Registration

December 1, 2016

State Sen. Carlos Uresti filed Senate Bill 183 to increase the legal age to purchase, possess, or consume tobacco and nicotine products in Texas from 18 to 21 years of age, and Senate Bill 228 to allow municipalities the freedom to determine a smoking age that is best for their local community.
“There exists support from a broad coalition of Texans for solutions to address teen smoking, from health care professionals to Veterans.” said Senator Carlos Uresti
Uresti — noting that tobacco use kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — said cities and the state have an obligation to discourage young people from taking up a habit that is likely to shorten their lives.

Energy Update - December 2016

December 1, 2016

On November 30, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reached a credible deal to lower production by 1.2 million barrels/day. Subsequently, the international price of oil rose from a November low of $45/barrel to a high of $52/barrel. Economists expect to still see gas prices below $2.00/gallon as the fundamental drivers of the global supply glut continue.

Message from Carlos - November 2016

November 1, 2016

Government at all levels functions best when citizens participate, and the most basic and important way to participate in our democracy is by voting. If you have watched television, tuned in on the radio, or opened a newspaper in the past 30 days, you are most likely aware that an election is fast approaching. Early voting is underway now until November 4th, and Election Day is November 8th.

If you have questions about anything related to voting, check with your county official who oversees voter registration or the elections administrator. You may also contact the Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) or online at

Save the Date! 20th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive

November 1, 2016

It seems that every year the holidays begin earlier and earlier, to the point where we often hear Christmas music before Thanksgiving. While we are all preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving, Senator Santa has begun his preparations for another swing through Senate District 19.

Each year I have the opportunity to bring together community leaders and the incredibly generous constituents of SD19 to host a large toy drive in San Antonio. With the toys collected my staff and I dress up in costume to carry out the duties of “Senator Santa” and distribute toys to less fortunate children across SD19.  This is the number one most rewarding duty I perform as Senator.

Senate Finance Committee Meets for Emergency CPS Hearing

November 1, 2016

Following a staggering increase in the number of children who are considered to be in immediate danger of physical or sexual abuse who are not being contacted by Child Protective Services in a timely manner due to high caseloads and unbearable turnover, Senator Uresti called for a special session of the legislature to tackle the issue. In response, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House called for DFPS Executive Director Hank Whitman to develop a plan to ensure all reports of abuse are investigated timely in accordance with state law.

Veterans – Please join us on November 11th!

November 1, 2016

On Nov. 11, Texans will make their annual observance of Veterans Day, celebrating the courage, sacrifice, and duty of those who serve and fight to keep our nation free. Veterans will always be a priority for me—not just during the legislative session, but year-round. 

Energy Update - November 2016

November 1, 2016

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas continued to rise in October with a count of 256 compared to 246 near the end of September, according to the October 28 weekly report from oil services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 557 rigs at work compared to 511 at the end of September.

The price of oil rose from around $48 to $51 over the course of the month, and then declined back to $48, leaving little overall change in international markets. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) signed a document agreeing to limit production, but experts remain skeptical of OPEC’s ability to manage a production decrease and thus a near-term rise in the oil price is not expected.

Tempers Flare As Lawmakers Work To Fix Child Welfare System

October 27, 2016

By Ryan Poppe, Texas Public Radio

In the past two years, 171 Texas children have died from abuse and neglect while in the state’s care. And tempers flared Wednesday as state lawmakers discussed how to fix Texas’ broken child care system.

The tone of the Senate Finance Committee review of Child Protective Services started tense and stayed that way for most of Wednesday’s hearing at the state capitol.

CPS asks for more caseworkers, saying hundreds of kids in danger haven’t been seen

October 26, 2016

By Michael Locklear, News 4 San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Child Protective Services is asking for emergency funding to hire hundreds of additional caseworkers to deal with a serious backlog.

Numbers presented Wednesday to the Senate Committee on Finance showed more than 2,800 children suspected of being abused or neglected have not even seen a caseworker, and 511 of those are children younger than six believed to be at the highest risk of bodily harm or death.

Concerned Parents Want State to Delay Healthcare Program

October 17, 2016

By Erin Nichols, News 4 San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- On November 1, thousands of special needs kids across Texas will transition from Medicaid to a new healthcare program called Star Kids.

Although state officials say the program is designed to help families and kids get better care, some parents are urging lawmakers to hold off on the change.

Out of the 180,000 kids switching to Star Kids, the group of concerned parents represents about 11%.