(Oct. 9) – A special legislative committee to address issues surrounding the recovery from last month’s Front Range flooding was formally established today by the executive committee of the Legislative Council, and the legislative appointments to the committee were announced by the four caucuses.
The new Flood Disaster Study Committee will work with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office and 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 that state laws provide the most effective support tools for agencies and victims during these types of disasters, and will address future flood response, prevention and mitigation across the state.
The 12-member committee includes equal numbers of representatives and senators, and is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. The panel will include House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) and Reps. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette), Stephen Humphrey (R-Severance), Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) and Dave Young (D-Greeley), as well as Sens. Matt Jones (D-Louisville), John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins), Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud), Jeanne Nicholson (D-Black Hawk) and Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley).
“We’re doing this in a strictly bipartisan way because politics has no place in disaster relief,” House Speaker Mark Ferrandino said as he named Reps. Young, Singer and Foote. “Unlike Washington, we’re coming together to address a difficult issue facing our state.”
“Assisting flood victims and repairing our infrastructure is a top priority for us all,” House Minority Leader DelGrosso said. “I am hopeful the committee will find consensus on ways we can assist flood victims, better equip Colorado to respond to future flood disasters and rebuild the infrastructure impacted by the floods as soon as possible.”
“The committee was formed as a bipartisan committee because both Democrats and Republicans are eager to unite in every way possible to help the victims legislatively,” Senate President Pro Tempore Lucia Guzman said.
“The recent flooding impacted thousands of Coloradans,” Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman said. “It took their homes, livelihoods, and in some cases, even their loved ones. We saw the fury of nature and the devastating damage it can do in a short amount of time. My hope is the committee will be able to identify better policies to assist our citizens in their greatest time of need, and work to restore vital infrastructure as soon as possible.”