The sprawling legislative package, which also overhauls other federal disaster policies to ease recovery for local governments, includes funding for the
The legislative package passed the
Wednesday's vote culminated more than two years of efforts by
Among the bill's provisions are changes to federal law that would allow flooded homeowners who applied for loans from the
Uninsured school districts hit by the 2016 floods will be in line potentially to receive millions more in federal disaster aid because the bill sharply reduces a penalty for not carrying flood coverage. The bill further gives
The bill also sets up an independent arbitration process for local governments to dispute
The disaster overhaul has been in the works for more than two years, ever since record-breaking rains unleashed flooding across much of the capital region in
"This is one of the most significant disaster recovery and preparedness bills to pass
The so-called "duplication of benefits" issue has been particularly frustrating for more than 6,000
They were encouraged by
That left flood-hit homeowners saddled with decades of loan payments when they'd otherwise have qualified for rebuilding grants in the same amount.
State officials previously estimated that
"Folks were punished for being responsible, doing the right thing. This bill fixes that and I'm proud to say it'll be signed into law," Cassidy said in a press release.
"This has been a long time coming. In the earliest days of our recovery, my administration began to sound the alarm on this ridiculous federal regulation," said Edwards. "As soon as
It's unclear when President
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