A relief program worth $417 million is the top priority for the victims of Hurricane Idalia in Florida during the first day of the special session.
Relief Program for the Victims of Hurricane Idalia
Lawmakers in Florida called a special session beginning today, Monday, to discuss a list of bills that include relief programs for the victims of Hurricane Idalia. Hurricane Idalia’s recovery program is the top priority of the lawmakers that will send a total amount of $417 million.
In a published article in TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, Rep. Jason Shoaf sponsored HB 1C provides $417 million in grants, loans, and tax breaks to help Big Bend and North Florida residents who were affected by Hurricane Idalia. This is to help them rebuild and harden their homes and businesses against future storms.
Another Version Was Filed
According to an article published in WUSF, another bill was filed by Sen. Corey Simon in the Senate with the same intention. House Speaker Paul Renner and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo said that the two bills intend to recovery efforts, expand the school voucher program, and respond to the conflict in the Mideast.
Furthermore, Shoaf’s proposal provides a tax exemption in his bill and has the following provisions:
- $50 million in grants to local governments for hurricane recovery
- $30 million for communities to meet FEMA Public Assistance match requirements
- $25 million for a housing recovery program