Eagle Pass Cinco de Mayo Fest
May 6th - 7th
7:00 pm

Maverick County Fairgrounds
Eagle Pass, TX

Sonora Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 6th
Sutton County Park & Civic Center
Sonora, TX

First Annual CineMarfa Film Festival
May 5th - 8th
Marfa, TX

American Cancer Society Relay for Life
May 13th - 14th
Pecos, TX

Jim Tre Espy Memorial Golf Tournament
May 14th - 15th

Alpine Country Club
Alpine, TX

2nd Annual Monahans Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
May 21st - 22nd
Ward County Golf Course
Monahans, TX

Funtier Day Parade
Saturday, May 28th
11:00 am

Main Street
Bandera, TX

Sine Die for the 82nd Texas Legislature
Monday, May 30th
Austin, 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
May 2011 - Message from Carlos
As the 82nd Legislature enters the final month of the session, a battle looms over the only bill we are constitutionally required to pass — the state budget.

The House budget would reduce current spending by $23 billion, devastating public education and basic health and human services programs. The pending Senate version would cut less from current spending, about $11 billion, but it is still inadequate to meet the state's needs.

The Senate plan uses some $3 billion from the Rainy Day Fund, despite objections from the governor and the necessity of a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.

Once these bills are reconciled by a conference committee, the final spending plan for 2012-13 is certain to be much leaner than the Senate version. We would be left with a budget that would force the closing of schools and nursing homes, the layoffs of thousands of teachers, and the elimination or reduction in services for seniors, the mentally and physically disabled, and children at risk for abuse and neglect.

The cuts for public education alone could do great harm to small communities across Senate District 19 that rely on school districts for jobs and other economic activity.

I and many of my colleagues in the Senate are not prepared to vote for such a bill. We believe that Texas deserves better and that the Legislature can do better. We are committed to fighting for more.

Semper Fi!

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Legislative Update:
Senate passes bill targeting false information in international child custody cases

The Texas Senate has passed a bill by Senator Uresti that would make it a crime to give false information in international child custody hearings.

The legislation was spurred by the case of 11-year-old Jean Paul Lacombe, who was taken off a school bus by Bexar County deputy constables in 2009 and handed over to his father, based on false information provided to a state district judge.

The father, Jean Philippe Lacombe, had presented Mexican divorce documents to a state district judge and accused his ex-wife of kidnapping the boy from Mexico. Although the documents were later determined to be outdated and misleading, they prompted the judge to grant Lacombe emergency custody. He then left the country with Jean Paul.

Senate Bill 1490 would make it a felony to provide a Texas court with false statements regarding a child custody determination made in a foreign country.

Status of other Uresti bills; each has passed the Senate and is pending in the House:
  • SB 34 - BexarMet dissolution vote
  • SB 116 - Kristy Appleby third party protective order
  • SB 1154 - continues the Blue Ribbon Task Force on child abuse and neglect prevention
  • SB 201 - fixes a law enacted two years ago granting a full property tax exemption to veterans who are 100 percent disabled from their military service to ensure that exemption stays with the veteran instead of the homestead when the house is sold.

District 19 soldier killed in Afghanistan

On a motion by Sen. Uresti, the Texas Senate adjourned on a recent Tuesday in memory of Spc. Charles J. Wren, who was killed in the line of duty in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan, April 16.

The 2004 Hondo High School graduate, known as "Chaz" to his classmates, died with two other 10th Mountain Division soldiers, including a fellow Texan from Waxahachie, when they were struck by an improvised explosive device.

Wren joined the Army in 2008 and was posted to Fort Drum, N.Y., after training in Fort Benning, Ga. The 25-year-old Wren, who had served a previous tour in Afghanistan, earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal and other military honors during his career. Wren is survived by his wife and two brothers.

DPS: Watch out for motorcyclists in May…and year-round

The Department of Public Safety is reminding Texas motorists that while May is National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, drivers should look out for motorcyclists every month.

With 961,682 licensed motorcyclists in Texas, the DPS says all roadway users must share the responsibility of safe travel each and every moment.

With the good-weather riding season beginning and the increased popularity of motorcycles, more and more two- and three-wheeled traffic will be present on streets and highways. Motorcycles are difficult to see because of their smaller size compared to larger vehicles, so please make a conscious effort to look, and then look again for motorcycles.

To increase the safety of motorcyclists, drivers should check for blind spots before changing lanes, give motorcycles extra space to maneuver, and look twice before going through an intersection. For more information, visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb or call 1-800-292-5787.

District 19 Attraction Update - Fire danger prompts closings at Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park has ordered a temporary closure of all High Chisos backpacking campsites, including dispersed camping in the Blue Creek and Lower Juniper Zones. Day hiking is still allowed on the Chisos Mountains trails.

The developed campground in the Chisos Basin and the Chisos Mountains Lodge remain open for overnight use. Overnight camping and backpacking is still possible for all other areas of the park, including dispersed camping away from park trails and backcountry roadside campsites.

The closure is for the protection of the park’s resources and to provide for visitor safety due to extreme fire danger within the park and the larger Big Bend region.

The closure is expected to last until the park fire danger is no longer a threat once significant rainfall is received.

A complete smoking and fire use ban is also in effect for the High Chisos Mountains and associated Chisos Mountain trails.

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