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Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Chair Geanie W. Morrison and Members of the Texas House Hold Joint Press Conference in Rockport  print page

by: Rep. Morrison, Geanie W.
07/11/2019

ROCKPORT, Texas -- Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Chair Geanie W. Morrison, and Members of the Texas House convened in Rockport today for a joint press conference regarding the House's efforts that led to the passage of significant Hurricane Harvey recovery and disaster preparedness legislation in the 86th Legislature.

"In the months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the City of Rockport, local and state officials have worked together to develop a plan that puts victims on a path toward full recovery and ensures the State of Texas is more prepared to respond to any future disasters that come our way," said Speaker Dennis Bonnen. "With Chair Morrison leading on this issue, there was never any doubt we would get it done. I am extremely proud of each one of my colleagues who worked with our counterparts in the Senate to get these disaster relief and recovery bills passed into law. Working together, we can and will rebuild -- and we will do so in a way that makes Texas stronger and more resilient for the future."

Joined by Aransas, Refugio and Victoria County local officials, Speaker Bonnen, Chair Morrison, and their colleagues spoke to the significance of the House-led legislation that dedicates over $2 billion for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, improves emergency management operations, and expedites response time at the state and local levels. Nearly two years after the City of Rockport experienced a direct hit by Hurricane Harvey., today's press conference was held in the new Aransas County Navigation District building -- one of the first public buildings to rebuild in the aftermath. The Speaker and House members toured the harbor following the press conference to witness firsthand the recovery success stories and ongoing efforts to rebuild.

Rep. Morrison passed a monumental series of bills that will transform emergency management operations in Texas. With the passage of HB 6, 7, 2305 and 2794, Texas will see improved emergency response training for local officials, streamlined emergency management and the unification of the emergency management system.

Furthermore, Rep. Morrison was able to amend HB 2300 on to SB 6, creating the first Disaster Recovery Loan Program in Texas to help local communities fund much needed recovery efforts like those discussed in Rockport today.

"Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Bonnen and the dedication of my colleagues, local officials and residents of District 30, we took great steps this session to ensure we took the lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey and used them to strengthen the states ability to prepare and respond to future disasters," said Representative Morrison. "It is fitting that we returned here to Rockport today, where this community experienced a direct hit from Harvey and demonstrated to the world what Texas resiliency is all about."

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