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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2, 2018

In 2017, child deaths decreased from 222 to 172 statewide while deaths in Bexar County decreased from 11 to 8 compared to 2016. While down year over year, there were still 5,588 confirmed abuse and neglect cases last year.

"Though child abuse statistics indicate a slight move in the right direction, they are still unacceptable because child abuse is preventable, and a child dying due to circumstances we can control is deplorable. Together, we must raise awareness that resources are available. Bringing a parent struggling with young children together with community advocates may make a difference and save lives." said Senator Carlos Uresti

Team Uresti Attends Town Halls

February 1, 2018

Senator Uresti's team attended town halls sponsored by District Attorney Nicholas "Nico" LaHood throughout San Antonio. These Town Halls focus on public safety and have been a good space to hear the concerns from Senate District 19 constituents on public safety issues. Through the town halls, the Senator's team also met new potential Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF)  members and partners and connected interested individuals with initiatives the BRTF is spearheading and with CASA.

Message from Carlos - February 2018

February 1, 2018

We often know February by the red and pink candy hearts, roses, and celebrating Valentine's Day with our loved ones. Of course, we should reserve February 14th to show appreciation to our spouses, children, and friends. As we are busy going through our daily lives, running our errands and thinking about our next chore, we can forget to take moments of appreciation for those around us. I challenge everyone to use the entire month of February to think about your loved ones, surprise them with a hand-written note, or hug them a little tighter.

Congress Approves Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Funding

February 1, 2018

Texan's eyes were on Congress earlier this month as members discussed a funding bill to keep the government open. Although members highlighted immigration as the main issue, there were other important missed opportunities in the bill, including funds for hurricane recovery.

Judge Rules Texas Foster Care System is Still Broken

February 1, 2018

Recently, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack gave Texas two years to make substantive changes to the foster care system. This ruling comes after Judge Jack’s 2016 ruling that the Texas foster care system failed to protect the children in its care from “unreasonable risk of harm”. Judge Jack ordered a 3 year federal oversight of the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) in the form of Special Masters, or court-appointed children’s rights experts.  Following the original ruling, Texas legislators made a series of changes to the system, including providing $150 million in emergency funding to hire more caseworkers and give a pay raise to help mitigate high turnover rates among caseworkers.

Energy Update - February 2018

February 1, 2018

The number of active drilling rigs at work in Texas on January 26th was stable around 466, slightly higher than last month's count, and significantly more than last year, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 947 rigs at work, up from 929 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production rising slightly each month since September and is nearly 9.9 million barrels/day, according to the Energy Information Agency.

Committees Work Hard in the Interim

February 1, 2018

2018 is off to a productive start as senate committees began meeting to tackle interim charges that could become a greater focus as we move into the next legislative session. Senator Uresti sits on the Finance, Education, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and Border Security, and Property Tax Reform Committees. Of these, the Finance Committee met in January to discuss the swift allocation of Hurricane Harvey funds, trauma funding for hospitals, and the Texas Emission Reduction Plan, among many other issues that affect the lives and well-being of Texans every day.

Message from Carlos - January 2018

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends and enjoyed a safe holiday season.

The new year is cause for celebration, but it is also time to reflect on past achievements and develop our commitments for 2018.  I have a number of New Year's resolutions for our state:

1. Ensure all kids in Texas are healthy.

Energy Update - December 2018

January 1, 2018

The number of active drilling rigs at work in Texas on December 15th was stable around 457, slightly higher than last month's count, and significantly more than last year, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 930 rigs at work, up from 915 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production rising slightly each month since September and is around 9.8 million barrels/day, according to the Energy Information Agency.

Senator Santa makes his way throughout District 19

January 1, 2018

Senator Uresti just returned from his annual Senator Santa trip, where he visited with constituents in daycares and nursing homes throughout Senate District 19 and distributed toys to kids and gifts to elderly residents and staff.

To kick off the trip, Senator Uresti hosted his annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive at VFW Post 9186. Community leaders and constituents of Senate District 19 joined to collect hundreds of toys for children. Hundreds of guests had a great time with a full dinner, door prizes, and dancing.