Members of the state House had a news conference in Rockport on Thursday to discuss the House’s efforts that led to the passage of significant Hurricane Harvey recovery and disaster preparedness legislation in the 86th Legislature.

The legislators spoke about the significance of the House-led legislation that dedicates more than $2 billion for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, improves emergency management operations, and expedites response time at the state and local levels, according to a news release from Rep. Geanie W. Morrison’s office.

“In the months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the city of Rockport, local and state officials have worked together to develop a plan that puts victims on a path toward full recovery and ensures the State of Texas is more prepared to respond to any future disasters that come our way,” said Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

Also attending were Morrison, who chaired the Local and Consent Calendars Committee, and members of the Texas House. They were joined by Aransas, Refugio and Victoria county officials.

The news conference was in the new Aransas County Navigation District building, one of the first public buildings to be rebuilt in the aftermath. The group also toured the harbor to see the recovery and ongoing efforts to rebuild.

Morrison, R-Victoria, passed a series of bills that will transform emergency management operations in Texas. With the passage of HB 6, 7, 2305 and 2794, Texas will see improved emergency response training for local officials, streamlined emergency management and the unification of the emergency management system, according to the news release.

Morrison was also able to amend HB 2300 on to SB 6, creating the first Disaster Recovery Loan Program in Texas to help local communities fund much needed recovery efforts.

“It is fitting that we returned here to Rockport today, where this community experienced a direct hit from Harvey and demonstrated to the world what Texas resiliency is all about,” Morrison said.

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