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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.

Sen. Carlos Uresti Files Bill to Get Tobacco Out of High Schools

February 19, 2015

AUSTIN — State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) filed SB 648 on Thursday that would increase the legal age to purchase, possess, or consume tobacco products in Texas from 18 to 19 years of age.

“There exists support from a broad coalition of Texans for this bill, from health care professionals to Veterans. I’m proud to joint-author this bipartisan measure with Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), a fellow Marine, and Chairwoman Joan Huffman (R-Houston), a former judge and outstanding advocate for our children.” said Uresti.

Sen. Carlos Uresti: Ready to serve on Finance Committee

January 23, 2015

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced committee assignments for the 84th regular session. Senator Carlos Uresti will serve on the Senate committees on Finance, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Health & Human Services, and Senate Administration as Vice Chair.

In making his appointments, Patrick is leveraging Senator Uresti's institutional knowledge and unique ability to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for all Texans.

"I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to tackle the many challenges we face as a growing state. My committee assignments will ensure that the families and interests of Senate District 19 are fully represented in the Texas Capitol." said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Senator Uresti stands with community against coal mine

January 22, 2015

Senator Uresti could not be at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality public meeting in Eagle Pass tonight due to pressing business in the state capitol, but he issued the following comments that Hellen Martinez, director of the senator’s office in Eagle Pass, delivered on his behalf at the meeting.

Democrats: Fix school finance system now

August 28, 2014

The following is a joint statement issued by the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus following the school finance ruling by state District Judge John Dietz:

We as lawmakers bear the responsibility under the Texas Constitution to ensure children receive the knowledge they need to be thoughtful participants in our great state. But for too long now, those in control of the Capitol have neglected that constitutional duty by failing to provide adequate funding to school districts. Judge Dietz made that abundantly clear today when he ruled Texas’ school finance system has once again run afoul of the Constitution.

Sen. Uresti concludes Back to School Fairs with largest in San Antonio this Saturday

August 15, 2014

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 six years. The largest of the 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 16th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Palo Alto College
1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224

Elected Officials and Child Advocates to Hold Press Conference on Child Abuse; Town Hall Meeting

April 1, 2014

(SAN ANTONIO) — Senator Carlos Uresti, members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, community leaders, city and elected officials will be holding a press conference and town hall meeting to raise public awareness and ask for community involvement to combat child abuse in Bexar County.

*Media members may request to conduct one on one interviews after the press conference.

What: Blue Ribbon Task Force members and elected officials kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:30am – 12:15pm

Where: Bexar County Courthouse - North Steps
100 Dolorosa San Antonio, Texas 78205

St. PJ's 11th Annual Red Shoes Gala

January 21, 2014

For more than a century, abused and neglected children in San Antonio have found sanctuary at St. PJ's Children's home. Today, St. PJ's is more important than ever to our community, and you can help make sure that its mission of service continues.

Please join me and my wife, Lleanna, co-chairs of St. PJ's 11th Annual Red Shoes Gala, on Saturday, March 22, along with the special honoree for the evening, The Texas Cavaliers; and our Hero of the Prairie, Judge Peter Sakai.

TAC honors Sen. Uresti for actions in 83rd Legislature

January 13, 2014

The Texas Association of Counties has named Sen. Carlos Uresti a Friend of County Government for his work during the 83rd legislative session.

This is the second time that Sen. Uresti has earned recognition as a Friend of County Government, according to TAC Legislative Director Paul Sugg.