Perry swears in new full-time Texas water board


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has sworn in the first full-time Texas Water Development Board that would oversee a new $2 billion state water fund if approved by voters this November.

Perry said Tuesday the job of the three-member board “is to keep water on their minds” around the clock. They replace a panel of volunteers ousted by the Texas Legislature this spring amid criticism that they worked too slow.

Two of the new board members are former Perry political appointees: former Texas Lottery Commission Chairwoman Mary Ann Williamson, and former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein.

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Rounding out the board is Bech Bruun, who is Perry’s former director of appointments.

State officials say voter approval of a new water fund would finance projects for the next 50 years.