FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/10/2019
Representative Ed Thompson Votes To Strengthen Statewide Disaster Response & Recovery
AUSTIN, Texas — With support from State Representative Ed Thompson, the Texas House of Representatives today passed a monumental series of bills to rebuild communities, strengthen infrastructure, mitigate flooding, and ensure the State of Texas is better prepared to respond to future natural disasters.
Today's legislation fulfills a majority of the recommendations made by the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas and addresses the critical issues coastal Texans have faced in the months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
"I was proud to be a part of the response to the lessons we learned from Hurricane Harvey," said Rep. Thompson. "Today we passed some of the most important pieces of legislation of this session, and they will directly impact and benefit the residents of House District 29."
The Texas House passed more than a dozen bills - including House Bill 2315 by Rep. Thompson - to better equip the state in the event of a natural disaster. Making tangible improvements to flood mitigation and disaster response, recovery, and preparedness are emergency items for the Texas Legislature, as designated by Governor Greg Abbott in his biennial State of the State address.
"I applaud Rep. Thompson for helping to pass these critical pieces of legislation. It reflects their unwavering commitment to better preparing our state for future disasters, and will undoubtedly save lives," said Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. "This legislation applies the lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey to improve response and recovery statewide, while also providing support to those affected. Texans have undergone enormous challenges in the months since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast. But even in the face of our state's greatest disaster, they remained resilient. Thanks to Rep. Thompson, we now have the resources to match."
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