2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Conference Report)

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Disaster Sheltering and Contracting (language only)

Item 255 #1c

Item 255 #1c

Secretary of Finance


Page 263, after line 32, insert:

"D. 1. The Secretary of Finance shall develop a plan for the competitive procurement of services and supplies from third-parties during natural disasters based upon reasonable cost.  In developing the plan, the Secretary shall consult with the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources to assess the use of state institutions of higher education facilities, or other third-party facilities, for sheltering displaced persons during a disaster. The Secretary shall also evaluate potential agreements for family-based pricing structures that allow families to be sheltered together at a lower cost than being sheltered individually. The Secretary shall present the proposed plan to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1, 2019.

2. The Secretary shall convene a workgroup of representatives from appropriate agencies to review the feasibility of implementing a web-based repository of sheltering information, which shall at minimum provide information on the availability of shelters, including their type, capacity, and location. The web portal should be available to emergency coordinators, and consideration should be given to interfacing with a system for alerting the public of sheltering and evacuation information when a disaster occurs. The Secretary shall report the findings and recommendations of the workgroup to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than November 1, 2019."


(This amendment directs the Secretary of Finance to develop a plan for competitive contracting for supplies and sheltering needed during natural disasters and emergencies; and to assess the feasibility of implementing a web-based sheltering database.)