Perry signs historic Texas water bill

May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed landmark legislation designed to ensure the state has adequate water supplies for the next 50 years.

Declaring he was "making history" meant to "secure the future," Perry, a Republican, signed the landmark legislation in Austin Tuesday.

House Bill 4 would authorize $2 billion to begin a water fund, contingent on voter approval in the Nov. 5 elections. The initiative would pave the way for local and regional water projects to meet the state's long-term goals, the Fort Worth, Texas, Star-Telegram reported Wednesday.

The bill-signing ceremony came on the second day of a special session Perry ordered Monday, immediately after the end of the 140-day regular session, the newspaper said.

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