Cowgirl Roundup and Show-deo
Saturday, January 1st
11 am

Hill Country State Natural Area
Bandera, TX

82nd Texas Legislature Convenes
Tuesday, January 11th
Texas State Capitol
Austin, TX
Reception to follow in Sen. Uresti's Capitol Office.

Pecos-Reeves County Jr. Livestock Show
January 14-15
Reeves County Civic Center
Pecos, TX

Nation's largest Martin Luther King Day March
Monday, January 17th
10 am

MLK Academy
3501 MLK Drive
San Antonio, TX 78220

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
210.932.2568
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
830.758.0294
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
432.447.0270
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
512.463.0119
Fax 512.463.1017
January 2011 - Message from Carlos...
The 82nd Legislature convenes this month, and lawmakers will have many tough decisions to make. We must pass a balanced budget in the face of a record deficit, redraw political districts, reauthorize a number of important state agencies, and address divisive proposals on voter suppression and immigration reform.

The decisions we make over the next five months will answer a fundamental question: What kind of state will Texas be over the next two years?

Because of the size of the deficit - $18 billion according to some estimates - some painful budget cuts will be necessary. But we can't rely on cuts alone. We must use the state's Rainy Day Fun, identify additional sources of revenue and make the programs we have more cost-effective. The budget must not be balanced on the backs of those who can least afford it. Senate District 19 is the largest and second poorest in Texas, with a per capita income of only $12,500 a year.

Beyond the budget and other big-ticket items, lawmakers will offer up a number of other initiatives designed to make Texas a better place, and I am confident that we can reach bipartisan agreement on many of them. Here's what I want to do:
  • An extension of the Statewide Blue Ribbon Task Force created in the 2009 session. This panel, which is studying innovative approaches to child abuse prevention, needs to be extended to 2013, provided with administrative assistance and allowed travel reimbursement for members who have been paying their own expenses to serve the state.
  • Child Dental Support, which would allow judges to make dental services a mandatory component of a child support order.
  • Child Safety Plans, which would require DFPS to develop general rules for the placement of a child with a relative.
  • New born hearing exam, which would add hearing examinations to the screening list for newborn children.
  • Raising the smoking age to 19, designed to help break the cycle of tobacco addiction that most often begins in the late teens. Raising the legal smoking age to 19 could keep cigarettes off of high school campuses and out of the hands of young people who are just beginning to make important decisions about their lives.
  • Foster Children's Bill of Rights, which will spell out the legal protections afforded to at-risk children who have taken from their homes placed in temporary facilities.
  • BexarMet, two separate bills - one that would require greater accountability for board members and another that will allow a dissolution election by the water district's ratepayers. A similar bill died in the final days of the 2009 session.
  • The Christy Appleby bill, named for a slain San Antonio woman, would allow third-party protective orders to be obtained by people at risk for domestic violence who are not involved in an intimate relationship with their abuser.
  • Statewide ban on texting while driving.
As the session approaches, I remain optimistic that lawmakers can work together for the greater good of the people of Texas. What kind of state will Texas be? I am hopeful that when the gavel falls for the final time at the end of May, we will be able to proclaim that it is a forward-looking, compassionate state that values education as an investment in the future, protects its children and seniors, and provides for veterans and the mentally and physically disabled.

Semper Fi!

Hope you had a merry Christmas!

A lot of children had good Christmas this year, thanks to the generosity of the people of Senate District 19.

At my 14th Annual District Christmas Party on Dec. 10, more than 450 toys were collected, and I had the very great pleasure of handing them out at Senator Santa events in Eagle Pass and Del Rio.

It was a great evening, full of the Christmas spirit. Many thanks are due to the people of San Antonio who opened their hearts and to those who helped make the party such a success: Blue Santa, Rev. Nicholas Baxter of Mission San Jose, McCollum High School Gold Stars Dance Team, McCollum cheerleaders, McCollum Color Guard, Leslie Lugo and "Hannah Montana."

Senator Uresti's Latest Pictures

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Driver records now available instantly online

Texas drivers can now order their driving records online and print them out immediately instead of waiting on the mailman, According to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Previously, drivers could order their driver record online but had to wait to get it in the mail. Now, drivers can place their order using a credit card and their actual driver license, and then print out their record. It's also available in a certified version suitable for submitting to a court for permission to take defensive driving. To order your record online, please visit www.texas.gov.

District 19 Attraction of the Month - Devil's River Update

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will hold a special meeting on Dec. 20 at its Austin headquarters to consider acquiring land on the Devils River in Val Verde County. The Department wants to acquire the 17,638-acre Devils River Ranch and manage it as part of the existing Devils River State Natural Area.

Previously, the agency had proposed exchanging the natural area as partial payment for the ranch about 13 miles downriver, but that plan was reconsidered because of objections by environmentalists and concerns by kayak and canoe clubs that loss of the state natural area would disrupt opportunities to paddle the upper river.

The new proposal maintains that opportunity while opening the way for the department to work with landowners and paddlers to resolve longstanding disputes surrounding the river's use, while improving existing state natural area.

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

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