(Oct. 4) – Speaker Mark Ferrandino announced a bipartisan committee that will address issues surrounding recovery from last month’s Front Range flooding. House Democratic leadership worked with the other legislative leaders to create the structure of the committee, which will begin meeting soon.
The flood committee will work with victims, responders and disaster experts to assist those affected by the floods and keep the recovery on track. The committee will also review existing statutes to ensure our laws provide the most effective support tools for agencies and victims during these types of disasters.
“This committee will lead legislative efforts to assist victims of the current disaster and try to mitigate the effects of future disasters,” the Speaker said. “It’s important that we keep Colorado moving forward in a bipartisan way to address these important issues and prepare for the 2014 legislative session. Unlike Washington, we’re coming together to address a difficult issue facing our state.”
The proposed committee will consist of 12 members and will have two co-chairs, one from each party. The committee will convene before the end of the year and will continue meeting as long as is deemed necessary to complete its work. The committee will also tour flood-impacted areas of the state and solicit feedback and ideas from Coloradans hurt by the floods.
“The Governor and his administration have done an admirable job in responding to the crisis. This committee will enable the legislature to help further the great work that has been done by state, federal and local governments to continue moving the state forward,” said Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst. “Working together, we can leverage our resources and the experiences of Coloradans to respond to the current crisis, while also preparing for potential future disasters.”
“The difficult work of cleanup and recovery will take time,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, whose district includes Longmont, Lyons and eastern Boulder County and was among the hardest hit areas in the state. “This committee will provide an opportunity for the legislature to identify needs, assist victims and prepare for the future.”