H.R. 1953 (112th): To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include procedures for requests ...

...from Indian tribes for a major disaster or emergency declaration, and for other purposes.

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 24, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1953

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 24, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Cole, and Ms. Norton) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include procedures for requests from Indian tribes for a major disaster or emergency declaration, and for other purposes.

1.

Tribal requests for a major disaster or emergency declaration under the Stafford Act

(a)

Major disaster requests

Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) is amended—

(1)

by striking All requests for a declaration and inserting (a) In General.—All requests for a declaration; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(b)

Indian tribal government requests

(1)

In general

The Chief Executive of an affected Indian tribal government may submit a request for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists consistent with the requirements of subsection (a).

(2)

References

In implementing assistance authorized by the President under this title in response to the request of the Chief Executive of an affected Indian tribal government for a major disaster declaration, references to State and Governor in this title and in section 319 of this Act shall mean Indian tribal government and the Chief Executive of an affected Indian tribal government, respectively.

(3)

Savings provision

Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit an Indian tribal government from receiving assistance under this title through a declaration made by the President at the request of a State under subsection (a) if the President does not make a declaration under this subsection for the same incident.

(c)

Cost share adjustments for Indian tribal governments

Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, any non-Federal contributions required under this title to be paid by an Indian tribal government shall be waived if the required contribution is less than $200,000. If any required non-Federal contribution is more than $200,000, it may be adjusted or waived in accordance with criteria established by the President.

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(b)

Emergency requests

Section 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5191) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(c)

Indian Tribal Government Requests

(1)

In general

The Chief Executive of an affected Indian tribal government may submit a request for a declaration by the President that an emergency exists consistent with the requirements of subsection (a).

(2)

References

In implementing assistance authorized by the President under this title in response to the request of the Chief Executive of an affected Indian tribal government for an emergency declaration, references to State and Governor in this title and in section 319 of this Act shall mean Indian tribal government and the Chief Executive of an affected Indian tribal government, respectively.

(3)

Savings provision

Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit an Indian tribal government from receiving assistance under this title through a declaration made by the President at the request of a State under subsection (a) if the President does not make a declaration under this subsection for the same incident.

(d)

Cost share adjustments for Indian tribal governments

Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, any non-Federal contributions required under this title to be paid by an Indian tribal government shall be waived if the required contribution is less than $200,000. If any required non-Federal contribution is more than $200,000, it may be adjusted or waived in accordance with criteria established by the President.

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(c)

Definitions

Section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (7)(B) by striking ; and and inserting , that is not an Indian tribal government as defined in paragraph (6); and;

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (6) through (10) as paragraphs (7) through (11), respectively;

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

(6)

Indian tribal government

The term Indian tribal government means the governing body of any Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges to exist as an Indian tribe under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 479a).

; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following:

(12)

Chief Executive

The term Chief Executive means the person who is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as the chief elected administrative officer of an Indian tribal government.

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(d)

References

Title I of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act is amended by adding after section 102 the following:

103.

References

Except as otherwise specified, any reference to State and local or State or local governments or officials in this Act, and all references to local government in section 417, shall be deemed to refer also to Indian tribal governments and officials, as appropriate.

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