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Identity Theft is Growing Problem for Veterans

March 1, 2016

This tax season, fraudsters and criminals are working overtime to steal your personal information. If you receive a call or visit from somebody claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service, call the IRS Phone Scam Hotline at (800) 829-1040 or visit https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml to verify the claim before handing over any personal information. However, calls and visits are not the only way scammers try to make off with your money.

LNG exports leave the Gulf Coast

March 1, 2016

In February, the United States passed an important milestone on the path to full energy independence, as the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports left the Gulf Coast to be sold on the world market. This could be the beginning of a new era in America energy – one in which we are no longer dependent on expensive energy imports, but instead create jobs at home in a thriving energy export industry.

Possible loop hole in state law for registered sex offenders

February 12, 2016

By Amanda Weber, News 4 San Antonio
Source: news4sanantonio.com/news/local/possible-loop-hole-in-state-law-for-registered-sex-offenders

A registered sex offender is now back behind bars and accused of aggravated sexual assault. Police arrested 71 year old Raul Suarez, accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl since she was 3. We have learned a second man is also in custody for assaulting the same girl.

According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged victim told police Suarez assaulted her frequently over the years. This is the same man convicted in 2006 of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Senator Uresti to hold Veterans Round Table & Resource Fair

February 1, 2016

Senator Carlos Uresti will join together with Senator José Menéndez to host a Veteran’s Legislative Round Table and Resource Fair. The round table will allow veterans the chance to express their ideas for legislation needed in the upcoming session, as well as receive an update on legislative accomplishments during the recent 84th legislative session. Veterans organizations will also be on hand to offer information on community resources available to veterans.

Children Come First in the Family Budget

February 1, 2016

Legislators like to say that we should craft a state budget with the same care and fiscal responsibility we use when we are creating our family's budget around the kitchen table. In my house, the basic needs of my children always come first. My duty as a parent, and as a father, is to insure they have everything they need to not only be safe, but to reach their full potential. The children of Texas are our children, they are our responsibility, and the Texas Legislature needs to put its priorities in order. Given enough support and resources, I believe children in the care of our state will become our future doctors, teachers, scientists, and community leaders. Right now, their opportunity to reach the ambitious goals we would set for our own children is virtually nonexistant.

Message from Carlos - February 2016

February 1, 2016

Friday I traveled to Eagle Pass to speak at the dedication of the newly expanded Sul Ross State University—Rio Grande campus. The trip itself was just like the others I’ve taken over the last ten years—southwest out of San Antonio, across the Eagle Ford with pit stops in Pearsall and Carrizo Springs—but this trip was to me special. The trip was a blessing because for five days last week I served District 19 from a hospital room, and having the ability to get back to work so soon thereafter is a tribute to the quality of our health care system.

Oil and Gas Update - February 2016

February 1, 2016

The best news surrounding Texas' oil and gas industry is that a plentiful supply has fueled a manufacturing resurgence in refining, chemical, plastics and fertilizer plants along the Texas coast.

Facilities are being built and upgraded to make use of the pipelines of product coming from both the Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian Basin. And construction of plants to export liquid natural gas is underway to take advantage of the state's plentiful supply and higher prices in overseas markets.

Know where to turn in a mental health crisis

February 1, 2016

When a family member or loved one has a physical medical emergency, such as a heart attack, everyone knows to immediately call 911. That number works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we rely on it to signal for immediate emergency help. When a family member or a loved one has a mental health emergency, such as an episode of psychosis or experiences hallucinations, do you know who to call and how to get immediate help?

Sen. Uresti Undergoing Treatment at Local Hospital

January 26, 2016

San Antonio, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) is in good condition and undergoing treatment at a San Antonio area hospital after being diagnosed with "carotid artery dissection" due to a tear in his carotid artery which caused blockage near his head.  Senator Uresti, a Marine, is in otherwise "tip-top" shape.

“I had a headache and neck pain for almost a week, and on Saturday made the decision to finally get it checked out. Less than two hours later, my doctor admitted me into the emergency room. If I didn't have insurance, I'm not sure I would have gone. This personal and serious experience further solidifies in my mind the importance of reducing the high rate of uninsured Texas families.

Give foster children tools for the future

January 24, 2016

Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Give-foster-children-tools-for-the-future-6777795.php

The foster children of Texas are our children, they are our responsibility, and the Legislature needs to put its priorities in order. Given enough support and resources, children in the care of our state will become our doctors, teachers, scientists and community leaders. Right now, their opportunity to reach the ambitious goals we would set for our own children is virtually nonexistent.