How do the revised rules in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 affect you and your business?
The bill, which passed by a 55-5 bipartisan vote, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance.
The governor currently can only provide aid to affected communities if the president has declared a natural disaster. House Bill 1004 gives the governor the ability to declare a natural disaster and provide financial assistance without waiting for a declaration from the president.
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The bill now heads to the Senate.