HOUSTON (AP) - Governor Rick Perry held a ceremonial signing Tuesday of the Houston port security bill -- which took effect in June.
Perry says the bill formalizes a previously informal partnership between government and the industries that line the Houston Ship Channel.
His office says that partnership coordinates security efforts the length and breadth of the channel, which is home to more than 40 percent of the nation's petrochemical production.
The law passed by the 2007 Legislature authorizes Harris County commissioners to set up a ship channel security district consisting of voluntary local entities and private-sector partners.
The district will have the powers of assessment to fund the costs to operate and maintain security infrastructure, services and projects.