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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

2015 Mobile Office Hours

July 21, 2015

Senate District 19 covers a vast area of 35,000 square miles. District 19 is larger than 12 states and 82 Nations, and contains over half of the Texas-Mexico border. I have many constituents who prefer to meet with my staff in person to discuss the issues or concerns they may have with our state government, and traveling to one of my district offices in Pecos, Eagle Pass, or San Antonio may not be an option.

In order to provide the most convenient constituent services possible, I am pleased to hold “Mobile Office Hours” in five areas throughout Senate District 19.

Appointments are not necessary, but if you would prefer to set up a pre-arranged time to meet, or if you have any questions, please call Hellen Martinez in my Eagle Pass District Office at (830)758-0294.

Sen. Carlos Uresti: Statement on the Alamo and missions receiving World Heritage Site designation

July 5, 2015

"Receiving the UNESCO designation for the Alamo and for our missions is a huge victory for San Antonio, Bexar County, and for Texas.

"Concepcion, San Juan, San Jose, and Espada in my Senate District are a fixture on the Southside, and having a World Heritage Site designation is a boost for our cultural identity, and has the possibility to be an economic driver for the area.

"While there were some who wanted to derail the designation during the legislative session, I worked with our San Antonio delegation to pass resolutions of support lauding the designation. I am happy to see the hard work by all, including our city and county paid off in the end."

Sen. Uresti Responds to Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015

I congratulate the Supreme Court of the United States for this historic ruling. The right to marry the person you love is not only fair, it’s protected by our constitution. I voted against Texas’ gay marriage ban in 2005 because that's what my district wanted me to do. I knew at the time that, although it passed, shifting public opinion would not allow it to stand for long. I am happy to see it has been struck down less than 10 years later.

My wife Lleanna and I celebrated our Anniversary on Wednesday, and I can’t imagine being denied the right to marry the love of my life and my best friend by the state I call home. I believe the ruling not only allows two consenting adults this important freedom but strengthens the institution of marriage.

Sen. Uresti's Statement on King v. Burwell

June 25, 2015

San Antonio, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Court of the United States who ruled in the King v. Burwell case that residents who live in states that did not set up a state health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act are still eligible to receive the subsidies that currently make their coverage affordable based on their income. An adverse ruling in the case would have ended subsidies in states such as Texas, whose residents purchase health insurance through the Federal insurance exchange because the Legislature chose not to set up a state exchange.

Sen. Carlos Uresti Joins Teachers and Public Safety Personnel in Opposing SB 1968

May 7, 2015

Austin, TX—Today Texas Senate Republicans rammed through anti-union legislation designed to curtail an employee’s freedom to contribute to their union from their paycheck. The bill specifically targets thousands of hardworking Texans including teacher’s and government employee’s unions.

“I strongly oppose this legislation and voted against it” said Senator Carlos Uresti. “Paying union dues from your paycheck should be a decision between you and your family.” said Uresti.

Senator Uresti responds to Senate passage of HB 1

April 14, 2015

The Texas Senate passed HB 1, the state budget for the 2016-2017 biennium today. Senator Carlos Uresti, appointed to the Senate Finance Committee for the first time, joined 29 Senators in voting aye on the budget. Uresti spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the increase of $122 million for Child Protective Services prevention programs. HB 1 will now go to conference committee where appointed members will negotiate differences between the House and Senate budgets.

Sen. Carlos Uresti passes major alternative fuels initiative

April 9, 2015

Austin, TX—Today the Texas Senate took a historic step in promoting the use of alternative fuels produced in Texas. Senate Bill 12 by Senator Carlos Uresti will create a program that will convert the state fleet to natural gas and other alternative fuels, as well as fund the construction of a limited number of fueling stations.

“We’ve spent the last several weeks talking and negotiating with stakeholders and my colleagues. I feel we have crafted a better bill because of the input we have received, and I am happy to send the bill over to the House and urge my House colleagues to send SB 12 to the Governor’s desk as soon as possible.” said Uresti.

Sen. Uresti announces major alternative fuels initiative

March 12, 2015

Senator Carlos Uresti, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Railroad Commissioner David Porter and other legislative, agency, and industry leaders today announced the filing of Senate Bill 12 to provide financial incentives for state agencies, counties and cities to purchase vehicles that use less-polluting alternative fuels.