Texas SB 1897 Proposes to Modify Local Disaster Declaration Requirements
Texas State Senator Charles Perry Introduced SB 1897 to Modify Local Disaster Declaration Requirements.
Texas Senate Bill 1897 was introduced on March 10th, 2017 seeking to require more information be put into a local disaster declaration. State Senator Charles Perry of Lubbock, Texas introduced the legislation which has been referred to the Agriculture, Water, & rural Affairs Committee on March 23, 2017.
Here are the highlights from this legislation:
#1: More Description of the Area and Nature of the Designation
“An order or proclamation declaring, continuing, or terminating a local state of disaster issued under this section must include: (1) a description of the nature of the disaster; (2) a designation of the area threatened; and (3) a description of the conditions that have brought the local state of disaster about or made possible the termination of the local state of disaster.”
#2: The Declaration Must be Posted to the Jurisdiction’s Website
If the political subdivision to which the order or proclamation applies maintains an Internet website, a copy of the order or proclamation shall also be posted on the political subdivision ’s Internet website.
#3: A Request May be Sent to the Governor to Suspend a Deadline
In accordance with Section 418.016(e), the presiding officer of a political subdivision may request the governor to waive or suspend a deadline imposed by a statute or the orders or rules of a state agency on the political subdivision, including a deadline relating to a budget or ad valorem tax, if the waiver or suspension is reasonably necessary for the political subdivision to cope with a local disaster declared under this section.
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