(Jan. 16) – The General Assembly’s flood recovery package passed its first legislative hurdle today when HB14-1004, sponsored by Reps. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) and Stephen Humphrey (R-Severance), passed the Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote.

The bill streamlines state emergency management and allows the governor to make a disaster declaration independent of a presidential disaster declaration. The change will allow the state to move more quickly to extend aid to individual victims of future disasters.

It was one of six flood recovery bills that were the first to be introduced in the House when it convened on Jan. 8. The bills were recommended by the Flood Disaster Study Committee, which was tasked with finding legislative responses to the September 2013 floods that ravaged Northern Colorado and better preparing for the floods that will strike again someday.

“I’m pleased we’re getting the flood bills into the pipeline,” Rep. Foote said. “We have strong bipartisan support for actions to ensure the fullest possible recovery in our flood-damaged communities.”

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