Gov. Rick Perry this morning signed HB4114, a bill eight years in the making that will allow a Tejano monument on the South grounds of the Texas Capitol.
"It's been a long time coming. What? Five hundred years?" he said in a short speech before signing the bill.
In 2001, the Legislature passed a resolution to establish the monument, and in 2007, lawmakers approved $1.086 million to complete the project. The non-profit Tejano Monument Corp., also raised about $600,000 in private donations.
Construction of the monument will begin after the State Preservation Board approves a site for it on the Capitol grounds.
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, one of the bill's sponsors, said the historic Capitol grounds are the appropriate place to honor the historic role of Tejanos.
"It's not just Tejanos, it's American history," he said.