HOUSTON - University of Houston System representatives and University of Houston-Clear Lake administrators watched as Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the bill granting UH-Clear Lake the authority for downward expansion, which would allow the upper-level university to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster. Perry signed Senate Bill 324, which was presented by state Sen. Mike Jackson. A similar bill, House Bill 706 presented by state Rep. John Davis, had been approved previously by the Texas House of Representatives. Pictured are UH System Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations Laura Calfee, former UH System Board of Regents Chairman Carroll Robertson Ray, state Sen. Mike Jackson, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (seated), state Rep. John Davis, UH System Board of Regents Chairman Nelda Luce Blair, UH-clear Lake President William A. Staples, and UH System Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations Grover Campbell.