H. R. 3452
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 27, 2017
Mr. Weber of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend section 5307 of title 49, United States Code, with respect to the treatment of a community as an urbanized area following a major disaster.
This Act may be cited as the
Relief for Recovering Communities Act.
Availability of urbanized area formula grants following a major disaster
Section 5307 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Urbanized areas following a major disaster
Major disaster defined
In this section, the term major disaster has the meaning given such term in section 102(2) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(2)).
Urbanized area major disaster population criteria
Notwithstanding section 5302, the Secretary shall treat an area as an
urbanized area for purposes of this section until the second decennial census conducted after a major disaster in such area if—
the population of the area fell below 50,000 as a result of such major disaster;
the area was defined and designated as an
urbanized area by the Secretary of Commerce in the decennial census immediately preceding such major disaster, beginning with the 2000 decennial census; and
the area was not so defined and designated in the decennial census immediately following such major disaster.
An area treated as an
urbanized area under this subsection shall be assigned the population and square miles of the urban cluster with respect to the area designated by the Secretary of Commerce in the most recent decennial census.
Nothing in this subsection may be construed to affect apportionments made under this chapter before the date of the enactment of this subsection.