Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) issued the following statement today applauding the passage of two of his disaster emergency bills – SB14-121 and HB14-1004 – on third reading in the Senate this week:
“The recent fires and floods in Colorado unfortunately taught us many tragic lessons, but they also taught us how to improve our response to natural disasters. SB-121 and HB-1004 were formulated as a result of the lessons learned from recent flooding in Colorado and I’m very proud these bills passed out of the Senate. We never know when disaster will strike, but with this legislation, local communities will be in a better position to recover when disaster does strike. These bills are only two in a series of financial and operational changes that the legislature has made, but several more changes need to be addressed in the future.”
SB14-121, sponsored by Senator Kent Lambert and Senator Nicholson, authorizes the Governor, in the event of a declared disaster emergency, to determine the percentage at which the state and local government will contribute money to cover the nonfederal cost share when the emergency triggers federal assistance.
HB14-1004, also sponsored by Senator Lambert, eliminates and reorganizes two entities within the division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety and authorizes the Governor to provide individual assistance during a disaster.