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  • NJ A454
  • "Disaster Victims Protection Act"; requires Governor to allocate federal and State disaster aid to municipalities in proportion to amount of catastrophic physical damage sustained within each municipality.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(4/18/2016)
Crossed Over
(4/7/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Governor to allocate federal and State disaster relief aid to municipalities, including residents and businesses therein, in proportion to the relative amount of catastrophic physical damage suffered within each affected municipality. Such an aid allocation methodology is intended to ensure that residential victims and business owners in the most heavily damaged areas following a disaster are provided assistance prior to the expenditure of aid monies for other economic development and redevelopment projects. In response to the unprecedented damage to this State caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, New Jersey received billions of federal dollars from Congress in the form of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to support the State's rebuilding and reconstruction efforts. With approval from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Governor allocated millions of dollars to housing development projects within the nine most-impacted counties, as designated by HUD, which include Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union counties. Some municipalities within these designated counties were completely devastated, while other municipalities within these counties suffered far less, if any, major damage at all. Despite the varying amount of damage between municipalities, some of the least-damaged municipalities received disproportionately greater CGBG-DR funding from the State for development projects, leaving some of the residents and businesses in more damaged municipalities at a fiscal disadvantage for reconstruction. This bill is intended to ensure that residents and businesses most impacted by a disaster will receive a level of disaster relief aid commensurate with the amount of damage sustained within the municipality. Fundamental principles of fairness and equity require that the residents and businesses in those municipalities that are the hardest hit and suffer the most physical damage from a natural or other disaster should receive the most relief.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Community and Urban Affairs, Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee  (on 4/18/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
4/18/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
4/7/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (54-19-0)
3/3/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/3/2016 Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Hearing (14:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 54 19 7
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1