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Senator Uresti passes major CPS reform through Senate

May 26, 2017

AUSTIN, TX— Senator Carlos Uresti passed House Bill 7 out of the Texas Senate unanimously on Wednesday. House Bill 7 by Representative Gene Wu and sponsored by Senator Carlos Uresti is a bipartisan bill that impacts every aspect of a legal case involving parents, children, and the Child Protective Services (CPS) system. The Texas house concurred on the Senate’s changes on Friday.

"When a family becomes involved with CPS, they deserve fair treatment and due process. The department must also have sufficient tools available to act immediately in those cases when a child is in a truly dangerous situation. House Bill 7 strikes that careful balance, and will ultimately save kids’ lives." said Senator Carlos Uresti

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.

Child Abuse Prevention Month press conference to be held April 1 at the Bexar County Courthouse

March 28, 2016

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a who’s-who of local leaders are lining up to remind the public of the month’s importance.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force—a group of local community leaders, organizations, and volunteers who advocate for children, offer parental support, and educate the public about the prevention of child abuse and neglect—will be hosting a press conference to raise awareness and ask for community involvement to combat the pressing issue in Bexar County.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, who has championed securing state funding to provide prevention resources, will open the press conference and speak about the critical role the community has in preventing child abuse cases.

Sen. Carlos Uresti: Honor to Serve with Judge John Specia

March 4, 2016

Austin, TX—Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia has announced plans to retire from the Department at the end of May, 2016. Senator Carlos Uresti and Judge Specia have built a strong personal and professional relationship over two decades of public service.

"I've been truly privileged to have worked with Judge Specia in his role as a District Court Judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, founding member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. His passion and commitment to the children of Texas in combination to the vast experience he has acquired, have been tremendous assets the State has relied upon throughout his tenure.

Sen. Carlos Uresti: Honor to Serve with Judge John Specia

March 4, 2016

Austin, TX—Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia has announced plans to retire from the Department at the end of May, 2016. Senator Carlos Uresti and Judge Specia have built a strong personal and professional relationship over two decades of public service.

"I've been truly privileged to have worked with Judge Specia in his role as a District Court Judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, founding member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. His passion and commitment to the children of Texas in combination to the vast experience he has acquired, have been tremendous assets the State has relied upon throughout his tenure.

Blue Ribbon Task Force Against Child Abuse & Neglect to Hold Awareness Campaign Poster Contest

March 3, 2016

The San Antonio Blue Ribbon Task Force Against Child Abuse & Neglect is gearing up for Child Abuse Awareness Month in April with a poster design contest intended to encourage dialogue about child abuse awareness.  The winning poster and its message will be adopted as the Task Force’s new awareness campaign for 2016.

All children in grades K-12th across the greater San Antonio area are invited to show what child abuse awareness means to them by submitting their creative art work to Senator Carlos Uresti  in person or by mail at 3315 Sidney Brooks Dr., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78235. Entries should be 11"x17" or smaller.

Encouraged themes are:

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.

Sen. Carlos Uresti Named to Committee to Study Border Security

September 18, 2015

San Antonio, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti was named to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Border Security by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The committee, created by House Bill 11 during the recent 84th Legislative Session, will monitor the Department of Public Safety border surge, and the newly budgeted $800 million appropriated to further secure the Texas-Mexico border.

“As a Senator representing over one-third of the Texas-Mexico border, I am motivated to continue my work on border security.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Sen. Uresti's Statement on the Retirement of Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon

September 3, 2015

San Antonio, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti praised Rep. McClendon for her unwavering advocacy and support for social justice issues, and her longstanding fight to improve Texan's access to mental health care.

"She has always watched out for the downtrodden in our society, and, of course, she has always advocated well for the interests of her constituency. She has been a champion for the little guys." said Senator Carlos Uresti

Sen. Uresti's Back to School/Backpack Giveaway this Saturday

August 13, 2015

State Sen. Carlos Uresti along with the San Antonio Food Bank, health and community organizations, and corporate sponsors from across Senate District 19 continue the annual series of Back to School Fairs held over the past seven years. The largest of the Backpack fairs will take place this Saturday in San Antonio.

The media is invited to cover the event this Saturday for a wide range of photo and interview opportunities:

What:    San Antonio Back-to-School Fair
When:    Saturday, August 15th
              10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:  Harlandale ISD - Boggess Center
              12121 S.W. Loop 410
              San Antonio, TX 78221