Perry Taps Old Appointees for Revamped Water Board

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has made the first ever paid, full-time appointments to the overhauled Texas Water Development Board, including one plucked from his own staff.

The three-member board announced Friday will oversee a historic restructuring of the state's water agency that was pummeled by scrutiny in the Texas Legislature over concerns of future water scarcity.

Lawmakers ousted the most recent volunteer board this spring in favor of a smaller, full-time panel they say is better suited to fund pipeline and reservoirs projects.

The new board is chaired by Carlos Rubinstein, a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He is joined by Bech Bruun, who serves as Perry's director of governmental appointments.

Mary Ann Williamson, current chair of the Texas Lottery Commission, is also on the board.