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S. 1932 (115th): Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 5, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1932

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 5, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Tester, Mr. Risch, and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide for certain wildfire mitigation assistance.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Act.

2.

Wildfire mitigation assistance

(a)

In General

Section 420 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5187) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (c) the following:

(d)

Hazard Mitigation Assistance

(1)

In general

Whether or not a major disaster is declared, the President may provide hazard mitigation assistance in accordance with section 404 in any area or related area affected by a fire for which assistance was provided under this section.

(2)

Minimum amount

Notwithstanding section 404(a), the President may establish a minimum amount of hazard mitigation assistance to be provided for a wildfire or fire complex under this subsection.

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(b)

Conforming Amendments

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in section 404(a) (42 U.S.C. 5170c(a))—

(A)

by inserting before the first period , or any area in which assistance was provided under section 420; and

(B)

in the third sentence, by inserting or event under section 420 after major disaster each place that term appears; and

(2)

in section 322(e)(1) (42 U.S.C. 5165(e)(1)), by inserting or event under section 420 after major disaster each place that term appears.

(c)

Reporting requirement

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives, and the Appropriations Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report containing a summary of any projects carried out, and any funding provided to those projects, under subsection (d) of section 420 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5187) (as amended by section 2(a)(2)).