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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.

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.

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.

Sen. Uresti Files Legislation to Improve Foster Care, CPS

January 1, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — State Sen. Carlos Uresti joined Senator Jane Nelson and Senator Charles Schwertner as joint authors on Senate Bill 11, which aims to improve Child Protective Services (CPS) policies, contract oversight, and health care services for children and youth in foster care.

“We’ve heard from child welfare advocates, parents, medical professionals, and former foster care youth for years about their experiences with the foster care and CPS systems. This bi-partisan bill is an important step in improving outcomes and conditions for our most vulnerable children.” 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.

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.

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.