House Representative

Zwiener, Erin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/15/2019

Flood Mitigation Proposal Passes House with Support from State Representative Erin Zwiener

Austin, TX — The Texas House of Representatives voted yesterday on a proposal to put a constitutional amendment related to flood mitigation funds before Texas voters this November. House Joint Resolution 4, which would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund to provide dollars for flood mitigation and other drainage flood control projects, passed overwhelmingly out of the house with the support of Rep. Erin Zwiener (Driftwood).

"As our communities in Hays and Blanco Counties continue to grow, we need to invest in smarter, safer ways to manage and mitigate natural disasters such as flooding," Rep. Zwiener said. "By creating this fund, we are planning ahead and equipping our state with the resources necessary to handle the volume of flooding we've seen in recent years."

Voters would have to approve HJR 4 in the November elections later this year.

HJR 4 was a part of a broader disaster response and recovery package, which passed out of the Texas House yesterday, that included HB 5, HB 6, and HB 13. Pending voter approval, the Flood Infrastructure Fund would have an initial $3.26 billion deposit from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

"I applaud Representative Zwiener for helping to pass these critical pieces of legislation,” said Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen . “It reflects her unwavering commitment to better prepare our state for future disasters, and will undoubtedly save lives. 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 Representative Zwiener we now have the resources to match."

Media Contact: Graham Senor