Carlos Uresti

Ryan E. Poppe

In a statement Sen. Carlos Uresti said he was spending Thursday at the state legislature doing the people’s work.  But he was nowhere to be found.  State Rep. Tomas Uresti was there and defended his younger brother.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The FBI began a raid early Thursday morning at the San Antonio law offices of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, The San Antonio Express-News first reported.

FBI agents have been seen at the scene removing boxes from the offices approximately every 30 minutes.

"Law enforcement agents with (the) IRS and FBI are lawfully present conducting a law enforcement operation," FBI spokesperson Michelle Lee says in a written statement. "No further details can be released at this time."  

No arrests have been made today, she added. 

Two of San Antonio’s longest serving state lawmakers confirm - they failed to report a combined $60,000 in campaign donations. Senators Carlos Uresti and Jose Menendez have vowed to correct their mistakes.

Kathy Couser / Texas Public Radio

As Texas lawmakers dig into their second week of the legislative session, Sen. Carlos Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat, is hoping Gov. Greg Abbott will make Child Protective Services and foster care an emergency item. That would allow lawmakers to immediately pass legislation to better protect children. 

Uresti has served 20 years in the legislature. He recently sat down with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler to talk about why child welfare is once again his top priority.

Texas DPS

As part of the state’s ongoing border security operations, the Department of Public Safety plans to ask the legislature in 2017 for $1 billion.  It is a budget request that has some South Texas lawmakers still asking if the state’s efforts are effective and where is the money being spent?

 

   The package calls for $200-million more than what the legislature budgeted in 2015, making their 2017 request the largest amount of money ever to be requested for the state’s ongoing efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

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