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Voters to tackle state’s long-term water plan

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With recent rains, it can be easy to forget Texas is in the midst of a dire drought. The worst of it began in 2011 and it hasn't let up since.

During this year’s 83rd legislative session, lawmakers crafted a long-term plan to address the state’s water needs.

"To me, this is the most important issue that we've faced in a long, long time in Texas,” Republican Rep. Allan Ritter said. “It's something we have to step up and get done."

Gov. Perry signed off on the legislation, known as Proposition 6, and now it’s up to voters to approve the plan at the polls in November.

"Now it's up to the citizens,” Perry said. “We certainly hope that they'll look at the information and they'll make a thoughtful decision about the future of our state and our water resources."

If approved, $2 billion will be diverted from the Rainy Day Fund to jump-start water projects across the state.

Those against the measure have said the plan will put rural parts of the state at a disadvantage.

Groups on both sides of the water issue are laying their case to voters by holding news conferences, sending e-mail blasts and using social media.

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