Eagle Pass Library Foundation Wine Tasting and Silent Art Auction
Friday, April 1st
7:00 pm

Eagle Pass International Center for Trade
3295 Bob Rogers Drive
Eagle Pass, TX

24th Annual Reeves County Health Fair
Saturday, April 2nd
Reeves County Hospital
Pecos, TX

Blue Ribbon Task Force Block Walk
Saturday, April 2nd
11:00 am

Mission County Park
6030 Padre Dr.
Pavilion #2
San Antonio, TX

Go Blue Day Media Event
Wednesday, April 6th
10:00 am

Bexar County Courthouse
San Antonio, TX

Kids Day in the Park
Saturday, April 9th
10:00 am

San Pedro Springs Park
San Antonio, TX

American Cancer Society's 16th Annual Relay for Life
Saturday, April 16th
6:00 pm

Sul Ross University
Track & Field
Alpine, TX

Milam Park Kids Picnic, part of National Crime Victims Rights Week
Friday, April 29th
Milam Park
343 W. Houston Street, C-3
San Antonio, TX

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
April 2011 - Message from Carlos
For child advocates across the nation, the first full month of spring means more than greening lawns and longer days. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month — a time to reenergize ourselves and focus the public's attention on the scourge of child abuse and neglect.

Last year, there were almost 67,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in Texas, resulting in more than 12,000 children being removed from their homes. A total of 227 kids died at the hands of their parents or other caregivers. While that's a decrease from 280 deaths in 2009 — which shows progress in our prevention strategies — it is still far too many for our state to sustain.

Sadly, the headway we are making in child abuse prevention efforts could be impeded by the state's budget crisis. The Texas House will vote soon on a 2012-13 budget that slashes funding for public education and fundamental health and human service programs, including child abuse caseworkers, early intervention and prevention, and subsidies for adoptions and foster parents.

According to an analysis by the Legislative Budget Board, state budget cuts at this level would throw more than 335,000 Texans out of work by the end of the biennium, causing the state's unemployment rate to soar. Fewer jobs, a decline in educational opportunities and cuts in child abuse prevention efforts could combine to create a "perfect storm" for putting more kids at risk.

Because of the budget challenges facing the Legislature, Child Abuse Prevention Month is more important this year than ever. We are going to have to look for ways at every turn to do more with less. We must be united, focused and committed to redoubling our efforts at making our communities aware and getting them involved.

I urge everyone to participate in local Child Abuse Prevention Month events in communities across Senate District 19. If you live in San Antonio or Bexar County, you are invited to participate in my Blue Ribbon Task Force Block Walk on April 2, beginning at 11 a.m.

Child Protective Services will host its 4th Annual Protected and Connected Family Festival on April 4 at 3635 SE Military Dr., beginning at 3:30 p.m. And don't forget Go Blue! day on April 6 and Kids Day in the Park at San Pedro Park on April 9.

Everyone has a role to play in protecting children from harm, and Child Abuse Prevention Month is a great time to get involved.

Semper Fi!

Senator Uresti's Latest Pictures

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Legislative Update

With just two months left in the 82nd Texas Legislature, a lot of work remains to be done on the budget, redistricting and other important legislation. Fortunately, Sen. Uresti has been able to advance several of his priority bills to the House, giving them an excellent chance of getting to the governor's desk.

SB 341 would allow BexarMet ratepayers to vote on dissolving the troubled utility and having its contracts, assets, liabilities, permits and other records transferred to the San Antonio Water System, which already provides sewer service to many BexarMet customers. The Senate action puts the ratepayers of BexarMet one step closer to deciding the future of their water service.

If customers decide to give BexarMet another chance, Sen. Uresti has put together a governance bill that would impose term limits of three two-year terms for board members, keep BexarMet under the scrutiny of an expanded oversight committee, set board candidate qualifications and residency requirements, impose political contribution limits, and establish ethics training requirements for board members. SB 271 passed the Senate by a unanimous vote.

Another legislative priority, the Kristy Appleby, was sent to the House on a vote of 30-0. SB 116 was spurred by the 2009 death of 32-year-old Kristy Appleby, who was slain by the ex-wife of a man she had dated. Appleby had sought a protective order against the woman, but it was denied because they were not involved in a personal relationship.

The bill redefines the state's dating violence statute to allow third-party protective orders for people who are not involved in an intimate relationship with each other.

The Senate also passed Sen. Uresti's space flight liability bill, which would provide legal protection for private space flight companies such as Blue Origin. The company is developing a vertical take-off and landing vehicle at its space port in Culberson County, near Van Horn — a project that could spur economic development in West Texas.

County Days

Senator Uresti and his staff welcomed elected officials, educators, business owners and other community leaders to the Capitol in March for a series of county days recognizing Brewster, Crockett, Jeff Davis and Uvalde counties. Each delegation met with Sen. Uresti and state agency officials to discuss issues of importance to their individual counties. View the photo gallery for County Day photos.

Clock is ticking on Driver Responsibility Program amnesty

Sen. Uresti is reminding constituents in District 19 that time is running out to seek amnesty under the state's Driver Responsibility Program. According to the Department of Public Safety, of the 713,444 people who are eligible to participate in the program, only 54,035 had signed up by early March. The amnesty program allows delinquent drivers to pay just 10 percent of the original amount owed on all surcharges combined, or a maximum of $250.

Drivers are not required to make a payment when they sign up, but they must pay off all money owed by April 17 to retain their driving privileges. Eligible drivers have until April 7 to sign up for this program. The one-time amnesty applies to drivers who had a surcharge assessed between Sept. 30, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2008, and are delinquent on those payments.

To apply for the amnesty program, see the surcharge website at www.txsurchargeonline.com or call 1-877-207-3170.

District 19 Attraction of the Month - Government may reopen Boquillas Crossing

Sen. Uresti is applauding an effort by the federal government to reopen the Boquillas Crossing in Big Bend National Park. The Boquillas Crossing was closed in May 2002, eight months after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, for national security reasons.

In letter to the National Parks Service, Sen. Uresti said he is confident that that the crossing can be reopened with appropriate security measures, allying concerns that Boquillas could serve as an entry point for those who would harm American citizens.

He said re-establishing the link between Boquillas and Big Bend National Park will benefit the economies on both sides of the border, allow closer interaction between park rangers and their Mexican counterparts, and strengthen the overall relationship between both nations.

Click the links below to learn more about Senator Carlos Uresti and how the community has rewarded his hard work.

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