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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