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Senate Honors Texas Medal of Arts Recipients

March 1, 2017

The Texas Medal of the Arts Award, presented by the Texas Cultural Trust, recognizes exceptional artists, as well as art institutions and businesses whose generosity has fostered artistic opportunity. In order to be selected, artists must not only be extraordinarily talented but also have vision and tremendous dedication.

The Texas Medal of the Arts Award highlights the importance and continued relevance of the arts in Texas. Senator Uresti offered his congratulations on the Senate Floor to the 2017 recipients and the Cultural Trust with Senate Resolution 265. 

Session Watch: Emergency Items Hit the Senate Floor

March 1, 2017

As we complete the first month of the 85th Legislative Session, the Senate has passed several pieces of legislation relating to the Governor's emergency items. Bills that address those emergency items are the only bills that may be heard during the first 60 days of the legislative session.

This session, Governor Greg Abbot proclaimed 5 emergency items in his State of the State Address. A few items that were widely expected to be included, such as private school vouchers, were left off the list.  Items named include: banning “sanctuary cities”, overhauling Texas’ broken child welfare system, implementing ethics reform, and approving a resolution to support a convention of states to change the U.S. constitution.

Message from Carlos - March 2017

March 1, 2017

The Capitol has been a busy place, as my office has hosted leaders from Uvalde, Zavala, Kinney, and Maverick counties for county days. Each delegation provided me with meaningful insight on legislation that will directly impact their county. I appreciate our leaders for making the trip and sharing their legislative priorities, and I am eager to welcome more counties in the coming weeks.

Texas’ troubled Child Protective Services (CPS) and foster care systems are back at the forefront. This week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 11, a package of bipartisan reforms I am joint-authoring that would reform CPS in order to address the state’s systematic failure to protect vulnerable youth.

Energy Update - March 2017

March 1, 2017

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas rose to a count of 386, according to a February 24th report by Baker Hughes, an oil services firm. Nationally, there were 754 rigs at work, a number that has been steadily increasing for several months. Overall, US crude production rose throughout the month, now about 9,001 million barrels/day – although this remains slightly down from 9,102 million barrels/day from this time last year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...