EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CHANGES.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 786 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 16, 2019
AN ACT TO MAKE CHANGES TO LAWS RELATED TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
Intro. by Jones, Bell, Szoka, Hunter.

Status: Ref to the Com on Appropriations, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Apr 18 2019)
H 786

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 16 2019 - More information

    Part I.

    Allows funds allocated to the Department of Public Safety, Office of Recovery and Resiliency, the Homeowner Repair and Rehabilitation Fund, to be used for the development of affordable rental and owner-occupied single and multifamily housing.

    Part II.

    Amends GS 2017-119 as follows. Expands the use of the funds under the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Act to allow them to be used for subsequent storms. Requires that the funds under the Act be expended in a way that does not duplicate federal disaster benefits already provided to a person or entity as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the western North Carolina wildfires, or Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine, or any subsequent storm (was, in a manner that does not adversely affect eligibility for federal funds made available or that are anticipated to be made available). Removes the provision directing the Governor to avoid using State funds to cover costs that will be, or likely will be covered, by federal funds. 

    Part III.

    Amends SL 2019-119 by expanding upon the uses of the $25 million in Supplemental Disaster Recovery Funds that are to be allocated for housing-related matters, to allow the funds to be used for the repair of owner-occupied housing not covered by Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program funding, for the repair of rental housing not covered by Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program funding, and to provide State Acquisition Relocation funds, by no longer limiting those uses to low- to moderate-income housing. Makes conforming changes to the funds transferred to the State Emergency Response/Disaster Relief Reserve for housing-related matters under Section 5.6 of SL 2018-5.

    Part IV.

    Amends GS 166A-19.15(f)(1) to allow political subdivisions to award contracts for the repair, rehabilitation, or construction of private residential structures funded by State or federal funds following a disaster declared by the Governor covering the political subdivision. Authorizes a political subdivision to contract directly with pre-qualified contractors under GS 166A-19.12(23) on the basis of price, qualification, capacity, and any other objective criteria.

    Amends GS 143-129 to exempt contracts for disaster recovery private residential construction or repair awarded under GS 166A-19.12(23) and GS 166A-19.15(f)(1) from Article 8, Public Contracts, of GS Chapter 143.

    Part V.

    Amends SL 2016-124, Section 5.11, to require all Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery awards received by the State in response to the declarations and executive orders described in the act, or in subsequent federally declared disasters, to be administered by the Office of Recovery and Resiliency of the Department of Public Safety, including circumstances where the designated grantee is an agency other than the Office of Recovery and Resiliency. 

    Part VI.

    Extends the Type III disaster declaration issued by Executive Order 120, dated December 9, 2016, for an additional 24 months. 


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