Bill adjusts funding levels for faster emergency response
Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process and ensures local communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters.
Public Act 109 of 2013 is part of a two-bill package that adjusts statutory funding levels for the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund. PA 109 sets the fund’s minimum at $1 million and the maximum at $4.5 million and provides that any unused funds would remain in reserve for future use.
The accompanying Public Act 110 increases the funds a local municipality can receive to $100,000 when a state of emergency is declared.
“By raising the funding levels in the Disaster and Emergency Relief Fund, we can speed up our state’s emergency response process and eliminate the need for the Legislature to appropriate funds for disaster relief in most cases,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Natural disasters have an immediate impact on our residents and our local communities, and our response times should be just as fast.”
In the past, legislative action was required to authorize relief.
PA 109’13 was given immediate effect.
Audio clips of the representative speaking on this issue are available at http://gophouse.org/audio.