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Sen. Uresti's E-Newsletter - February 2014

Message from Carlos

The next session of the Texas Legislature is almost a year away, and the full slate of statewide and legislative leaders awaits the outcome of the March primary and November general election. But that isn't stopping lawmakers from looking ahead to 2015 on some vitally important issues.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will begin meeting this month to consider interim charges on women's health and child protection issues. Before the end of the year, my colleagues and I on the committee will produce findings that hopefully will lead to comprehensive legislation next year.

For me, women's health and child protection rank right along with public education as the top issues facing our state.

The committee has been charged with examining women’s access to preventative health care, pregnancy services, and post-partum care; and exploring ways to expand access and improve quality, particularly in rural and underserved areas like parts of Senate District 19. The review should not be used to rubber-stamp or expand the abortion bill, but as a way forward to create real health care choices for women.

We will also review efforts by the Department of Family and Protective Services’ to reduce child deaths from abuse and neglect. This will include a look at the process of collecting and using data to review the agency's performance, including its caseworkers, with the goal of reducing child fatalities in Texas.

These interim charges represent an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of women and children, and I intend to see that it's not wasted.

I encourage you to get involved in this process. For information on Senate committee hearings, visit the Committees of the 83rd Legislature page or the Senate Committee Meetings page.

Let's work together to make sure the next session of the Legislature focuses on the needs of Texas families.

Semper Fi!

LULAC and TAC honor Sen. Uresti for actions in 83rd Legislature

In separate events last month, The Texas Association of Counties and the League of United Latin American Citizens recognized Sen. Uresti for his efforts during the 83rd legislative session.

Future is bright for solar project in West Texas

First Solar, a leading global provider of photovoltaic solar systems, has started construction on its 22-megawatt Barilla Solar Project near Fort Stockton. First Solar will build and operate the plant, providing solar energy to municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, and larger commercial and industrial customers in the region.

Sen. Uresti congratulated the company for choosing West Texas, which is much better known for its oil and gas production.

"West Texas has an abundance of sunlight. In fact, it is one of the best areas of the state for harvesting the sun's energy," he said. "I am delighted that First Solar chose Pecos County for a project that will help make sunlight an important component of our overall energy portfolio."

San Antonio Food Bank expands its space and its reputation

January was a good month for the San Antonio Food Bank, which doubled its warehouse space and won national accolades for its operation.

Applicants sought for deferred action program

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is urging eligible applicants to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program announced in June 2012 by President Obama.

Under the program, individuals who came to the United States as children — and who meet several key requirements — may request consideration of deferred action for up to two years. Those who receive deferred action can get a work permit, Social Security number, and driver's license.

For information on the program, including a full list of eligibility requirements, contact RAICES at 210-226-7722. Legal assistance is free for eligible individuals applying for deferred action.

Schedule of Events

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb.6 - 23
AT&T Center
3201 E Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas
Valentine's Day
Feb. 14
Presidents Day
Feb. 17
Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meeting
Feb. 20
9:00 a.m.
Senate Chamber
Austin, Texas
Trappings of Texas
Feb. 21 - Apr. 15
Museum of the Big Bend
4000 N. Harrison St.
Alpine, Texas
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Feb. 21-22
Sul Ross State University
400 N Harrison St.
Alpine, Texas

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