2014 Colorado legislation: First #COflood bill HB14-1004 makes it out of committee

Here’s an excerpt from The Denver Post article (Kurtis Lee):

At its core, [HB14-1004] makes changes to the way emergency management functions are administered, allowing the governor to make a disaster declaration independent of one at the federal level.

The change, say the bill’s sponsors, will allow the state to move more quickly to extend aid to individual victims of future disasters. Current law authorizes the governor to provide financial assistance to individuals and families affected by a major disaster, only if the president has declared that such a disaster exists.

Millions of state and federal dollars have been doled out to communities across Colorado after September’s floods, which spanned 24 counties and killed 10 people. Moreover, millions of dollars were distributed in the aftermath of wildfires that ravaged much of the state last summer.

The measure is one of several flood related bills presented since lawmakers reconvened last week. Among those measures are bills that address infrastructure, how local communities can use money in recovery efforts and tax credits for businesses impacted by a natural disaster. Many of the measures stem from a bipartisan flood recovery committee that met numerous times in weeks prior to the session.

“I’m pleased we’re getting the flood bills into the pipeline,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, who is the sponsor of HB 4, along with Rep. Steve Humphrey, R-Severance. “We have strong bipartisan support for actions to ensure the fullest possible recovery in our flood-damaged communities.”

More 2014 Colorado legislation coverage here.

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