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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 and the Texas Tribune to host “San Antonio & the Legislature” conversation

December 1, 2016

The Texas Tribune has traveled the state hosting a series of events focused on the important issues that will face the upcoming 85th Legislature. On Friday, December 2nd UTSA-downtown will  be the site of “San Antonio & the Legislature” with Senator Carlos Uresti and Senator Donna Campbell, moderated by the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith.

The talk, which is open to members of the public who RSVP here (http://tiny.cc/UrestiTXTrib), will also be live-streamed at www.texastribune.org.

Topics covered will include public education, immigration, health care, spending and taxes, and other hot-button issues sure to surface next year.

Message from Carlos - December 2016

December 1, 2016

This autumn has proven to be very busy as I have visited communities across District 19 in preparing for the upcoming legislative session.  I have appreciated all the feedback and great ideas to help make our communities and state a better place to live.  As autumn draws to a close I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the holidays which are quickly approaching.

I want to remind everyone that December 1st is my 20th (yes, 20th!) Annual Toy Drive and Christmas Party! There is still space available, so if you’re reading this before 6pm on Thursday evening, head down to VFW Post 9186, bring a toy, and join us for dinner, door prizes, and a great time!

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.

Uresti Veterans Day Reception a Success

December 1, 2016

On a day packed with events honoring our Veterans, Senator Uresti once again hosted Veterans, their families, and those who support Veterans at his San Antonio District Office for a Veterans Day reception.

All branches of the military were represented, and guests enjoyed appetizers, refreshments, and a military themed cake.

Many discussions took place amongst Veterans, Senator Uresti, and staff regarding Veterans benefits and the upcoming legislative session. Many Veterans have spent years cutting through Federal red-tape to access their benefits, and the need to have a state entity, the Texas Veterans Commission, providing assistance in accessing benefits is of great importance to our Veterans.

Sen. Carlos Uresti to Host Veterans

November 10, 2016

“As a Marine and the father of a Marine I know firsthand the sacrifices our military and their loved ones make. We owe it to each other to ensure every veteran who leaves active duty is supported as they transfer to civilian life—often times, still carrying the weight of their service, both in physical and mental pain.” said Senator Uresti.

Senator Uresti will again hold his annual Veteran’s Day Reception on November 11th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at his San Antonio District Office at 3315 Sidney Brooks Dr. in San Antonio. More information is available at (210) 932-2568.

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.