Legislature forms bipartisan Flood Recovery Committee

Legislative Council finalized a special legislative committee to address issues surrounding the recovery from last month’s Front Range flooding, and the four caucuses at the Capitol announced the legislative appointments this week.

The Flood Disaster Study Committee will review existing statutes to make sure that the state laws provide the most effective support tools for agencies and victims of Colorado’s recent disasters and also address what to do in the future to address response, prevention and mitigation. The committee will work with the office of Gov. John Hickenlooper as well as victims, responders and experts in the field.

The 12-member committee includes equal numbers of representatives and senators, and is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Members of the panel include House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, and Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance, Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, and Dave Young D-Greeley, as well as Sens. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, Jeanne Nicholson, D-Black Hawk, and Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley.

“Assisting flood victims and repairing our infrastructure is a top priority for us all,” House Minority Leader DelGrosso said. “I am hopeful the committee will find consensus on ways we can assist flood victims, better equip Colorado to respond to future flood disasters and rebuild the infrastructure impacted by the floods as soon as possible.”

“The committee was formed as a bipartisan committee because both Democrats and Republicans are eager to unite in every way possible to help the victims legislatively,” Senate President Pro Tempore Lucia Guzman said.

“The recent flooding impacted thousands of Coloradans,” Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman said. “It took their homes, livelihoods, and in some cases, even their loved ones. We saw the fury of nature and the devastating damage it can do in a short amount of time. My hope is the committee will be able to identify better policies to assist our citizens in their greatest time of need, and work to restore vital infrastructure as soon as possible.”