AUSTIN - State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has been appointed to the Joint Interim Committee on State Water Funding by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The legislative committee will focus on key issues for state water funding for future planning projects.

The committee was created as part of Senate Bill 3, a comprehensive statewide water bill that was passed during the last legislative session.

Hinojosa said water will remain a top issue for Texas for many generations to come.

"Senate Bill 3 was a key piece of legislation for the future of water use in Texas," he said. "I look forward to working with the committee on one of the state's most important natural resources."