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[Update: Now that the 81st legislative session has come to an end, click here for a wrap-up of disaster-related legislation.]
When it comes to disaster mitigation and recovery, ensuring that state officials pursue prudent policies should be a priority for all Texans, but faith communities across in the state have a particular interest in the topic given the active roles they play in times of disaster.
Texas Impact is tracking disaster-related legislation in the 81st Legislature. We are tracking more than 80 bills that deal with disaster mitigation, preparation, or recovery. A short list of some of our priority disaster-related bills can be seen below. To learn more, contact Morgan Hargrave at (512) 472 - 3903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|HB 450/HB 1591/SB 179/SB 360||Rep. Taylor/Rep. Hamilton/Sen. Gallegos/Sen. Patrick||Sales tax holiday for hurricane preparation supplies||In Committee|
|HB 2487/SB 1379||Rep. Eiland/Sen. Hinojosa||Texas natural disaster contingency fund||In Committee|
|HB 2558||Rep. Turner||Requires registration for clients of home and community support services agencies||Passed by the House and Senate|
|HB 2827||Rep. Turner||Creates an emergency housing and disaster recovery division within TDHCA||Passed by the House; up for a Senate vote on May 19th|
|HB 3168||Rep. Davis (Yvonne)||Natural disaster reconstruction demonstration initiative||Left to expire in House Calendars committee|
|SB 75||Sen. Nelson||DSHS disaster education program||Passed by both Houses as an amendment to HB 1831|
|SB 697||Sen. Ellis||Requires insurers to cover storm surges||In Committee|
|SB 1112||Sen. Estes||Allows a county to spend funds in assistance of individuals affected by disasters||Passed the Senate|
|SB 2183||Sen. Gallegos||Creates "interoperability coordinator" to direct communications during disaster response||In committee|
|SB 2292||Sen. Lucio||Natural disaster housing reconstruction initiative||Passed by the Senate|