Senate Bills 6,7 and 8, were filed by the Senate with the funding allocated in each amounting to $1.8 billion in disaster relief for Texans. Senate Bill 6 will require the Texas Department of Emergency Management to create a disaster response plan for local officials in cities and counties. Senate Bill 7 will create a ‘resiliency fund’ of $900 million from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) to help local communities draw down billions more in federal recovery funds for flood projects. Approximately $200 million of these funds will be used to draw down federal funds to construct nearly 27 miles of coastal levees in Orange County, which lies within Senate District 3, and to shore up nearly 30 miles of existing coastal levees in Port Arthur and Freeport. Senate Bill 8 will direct the state’s water planning agency to create the first statewide flood plan in Texas.
Senate Bill 500 includes funding to help the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, and provide $900 million to help Harvey-impacted school districts.