AUSTIN – Senator Charles Perry of Lubbock who represents San Angelo passed two bills out of committee Monday that would start the process of securing billions in funding for rural water supply projects mostly in West Texas.
According to Sen. Perry's Facebook on Monday, "Today, Senate Bill 28 and SJR 75 unanimously passed out of committee - the first of several steps to funding new water supply and infrastructure in Texas. Securing our water resources for the future remains my #1 priority as Chairman of the Water, Ag, and Rural Affairs Committee. We have an unprecedented opportunity to fund water projects at a level we may never have again. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to pass this meaningful legislation."
Sen. Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs and is Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. He also sits on the Senate Committees for Education, Finance, Transportation, and Redistricting and he co-chairs the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Advisory Committee. Gov. Abbott appointed him to the Southwestern States Water Commission and the Western States Water Council.
The legislation must still pass the full Senate and House during a legislative session where lawmakers have a $30 billion budget surplus but still more requests than funding.