Governor Bob Holden has signed his first bill – a restatement of an old sewer law. It’s a bill that requires people to hook onto municipal sewer systems when sewer lines are nearby. The state had been requiring those hook-ups for more than half a century. But this year, it became necessary for the Legislature to quickly send a bill through and for the Governor to sign it. The bill also renews the state’s bond program which helps local communities improve sewer systems and water plants. The state provides funds that are used to match federal money. The Governor says the program is good for protecting the health of Missourians and the quality of the rivers, lakes, and streams.