San Antonio Coalition for Veterans and Families
Veterans Information Program

Saturday, June 1
9 am - 1 pm

TriPoint Center
Grantham Gathering Center
3233 N. St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX

Citywide Yard Sale
Saturday, June 1
8 am - 4 pm
Castroville, TX

National Fish Hatchery Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 1
8 am - 12 pm

National Fish Hatchery
745 C.R. 203
Uvalde, TX

Texas Folklife Festival
June 7-9
Institute of Texan Cultures at HemisFair Park
801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX

Snake Days
Friday, June 7
Sanderson Civic Center
Sanderson, TX

The West of the Pecos Rodeo
Wednesday, June 16
Buck Jackson Arena
U.S. 285 at Interstate 20
Pecos, TX

Wednesday, June 19

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
June 2013 - Message from Carlos
After months of negotiations and eleventh hour talks with state leaders and legislative budget writers, help is on the way for battered shale roads in Senate District 19.

Senate Bill 1747, one of my top legislative priorities for the 83rd regular session, creates a Transportation Infrastructure Fund that will provide about a quarter of a billion dollars for county roads that are deteriorating from the unprecedented level of oil and gas production activities in the Eagle Ford Shale.

In addition to this one-time cash infusion, the bill also allows shale counties to establish County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zones, in which increased revenues from county property and sales taxes can be used to repair and maintain county roads.

This bill is critically important to sustaining the oil boom that has brought so much prosperity to Texas in the form of jobs, economic development, and much needed tax revenues for the state and municipal governments.

Helping counties in this way ensures that energy producers will continue to have access to the oil patch via safe, reliable county roads — extending the economic benefits of the shale far into the future. This bill helps to 'save the goose that lays the golden eggs!'

The development and passage of Senate Bill 1747 were made possible by a spirit of bipartisanship and compromise that prevailed throughout the session.

Working in such a manner allowed me to accomplish other legislative priorities, such as additional funding for Child Protective Services and restoring much of the money that was cut from public education two years ago. We also accomplished critical education reforms by reducing the number of end-of-school exams, giving students greater curriculum choices, shoring up the Teacher Retirement System, and giving retired teachers a cost of living raise.

We also took a giant step toward addressing the state's long-term water needs, creating a constitutionally dedicated fund for the State Water Plan with $2 billion from the rainy day fund.

I commend my colleagues for the statesmanship they showed in addressing the state's problems, even on those occasions when we didn't agree. The 83rd session was one of the most congenial and productive in recent memory.

This is the way the Texas Legislature is supposed to work.

Semper Fi!

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83rd Session: Uresti's biggest hits

Sen. Uresti, the primary author of 94 bills and a co-author of 16 others, accomplished much of his legislative agenda and helped shaped future water policy by serving on the conference committee on House Bill 4. The bill reforms the makeup of the Texas Water Development Board and gives it direction in implementing the State Water Plan.

Uresti also passed a bill requiring special training for CPS supervisors — an effort to reduce the agency's high turnover rate — and another that establishes a pilot program in Bexar County to provide specialized training to foster parents of children with special needs.

He also passed a measure to help defense base authorities, such as Port San Antonio, become more competitive in attracting and maintaining aircraft manufactures, which will help bring high-paying jobs to San Antonio.

Other measures allow students to participate in early voting clerkships, ban sugary drinks in public schools, and permit disabled Texans and veterans to take service animals, such as Seeing Eye dogs, into restaurants and retail stores.

Click here for a full list of the bills and resolutions passed by Sen. Uresti.

Uresti named vice chairman of redistricting committee

Sen. Uresti has been appointed vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting that will consider political boundaries in the 83rd Legislature's first called session.

Gov. Rick Perry issued a proclamation calling on the Legislature to ratify and adopt the interim redistricting plans ordered by the federal court as the permanent plans for districts used to elect members of the Texas House and Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Uresti, who served on the Select Committee on Redistricting during the 2011 legislative session, said he doesn't believe the Legislature should rubber-stamp the interim maps.

"We should have districts that truly reflect the explosive growth of the Hispanic population in Texas and recognize the diverse political, economic, and regional interests that exist across our state," said Uresti, who also chairs the Senate Hispanic Caucus.

DPS memorializes fallen Texas peace officers

The Texas Department of Public Safety in May honored 10 Texas law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year.

“There is no greater devotion to duty than to serve and protect others at any and all costs, and when any Texas peace officer dies in the line of duty, we all feel a great loss,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We also recognize the tremendous sacrifice of the families of our fallen officers, and pledge that the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of those officers will never be forgotten.”

Among those honored was DPS Sergeant Paul Hernandez, who suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty in San Antonio on Oct. 4, 2012; and San Antonio Police Officer Edrees Mukhtar, who died Dec. 29, 2012, from injuries suffered in a traffic accident while responding to a call.

The DPS Peace Officer Memorial Service was one of many ceremonies scheduled across the nation to honor fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week.

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