DALLAS — The Texas Legislative Budget Board has approved the release of $25 million of voter-approved general obligation bonds to preserve the aging battleship USS Texas, but it will be at least a year before the bonds can be issued.

The board sent a letter authorizing the release of the bonds to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which oversees the battleship anchored at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in LaPorte, about 25 miles from downtown Houston.

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