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H.R. 3452 (115th): Relief for Recovering Communities Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 27, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 3452


July 27, 2017

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.


Short title

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.


Population calculation

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.


Savings provision

Nothing in this subsection may be construed to affect apportionments made under this chapter before the date of the enactment of this subsection.