H. R. 2548
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 7, 2019
Mrs. Fletcher (for herself, Mr. Olson, Mr. Butterfield, and Mr. Meadows) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To modify eligibility requirements for certain hazard mitigation assistance programs, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act.
Authority to begin planning and construction of certain hazard mitigation projects
In this section, the following definitions apply:
Administrator means the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
covered project means—
an acquisition or relocation project for which an entity began implementation before a grant was awarded under a hazard mitigation assistance program; and
a project for which an entity initiated planning or construction before or after requesting assistance for the project under a hazard mitigation grant program qualifying for a categorical exemption under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Hazard mitigation assistance program
hazard mitigation assistance program means—
the predisaster hazard mitigation grant program authorized under section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5133);
the hazard mitigation grant program authorized under section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170c); and
the flood mitigation assistance program authorized under section 1366 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4104c).
Eligibility for assistance for initiated projects
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an entity seeking hazard mitigation assistance under a hazard mitigation assistance program shall be eligible to receive such assistance for a covered project if the entity—
complies with all other eligibility requirements of the hazard mitigation assistance program for acquisition or relocation projects, including extinguishing all incompatible encumbrances; and
complies with all Federal requirements for the project.
An entity seeking hazard mitigation assistance under a hazard mitigation assistance program shall be responsible for any project costs incurred by the entity for a covered project if the covered project is not awarded, or is determined to be ineligible for, assistance.
This section shall apply to any application for hazard mitigation assistance for a covered project submitted on or after January 1, 2016.