Texas House passes disaster preparedness bill

According to a news release issued by Texas House District 21, State Representative Dade Phelan, “Today [Wednesday, April 10, 2019], the Texas House of Representatives passed four pieces of legislation authored by Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) [and four other representatives] in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and to help Texas better prepare for future catastrophic storms.

“House Bill 13 encourages local governments to respond to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and future floods in the smartest, most comprehensive way, instead of a piecemeal approach. This legislation applies to the entire state, not just one region, and will help our state deal with these disasters in a cohesive and united way for years to come. HB 13 also appropriates $3.26 billion to the Flood Infrastructure Fund from the Economic Stabilization Fund also known as the ‘Rainy Day Fund’. House Joint Resolution 4 proposes an amendment to the Texas Constitution to allow Texans the opportunity to vote on creating the Flood Infrastructure Fund to assist in the financing, through loans and grants, of drainage flood control, and flood mitigation projects.



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