HOUSE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Passed House - Amended:
April 12, 2019
Title: An act relating to the creation of a work group to study and make recommendations on natural disaster mitigation and resiliency activities.
Brief Description: Concerning the creation of a work group to study and make recommendations on natural disaster mitigation and resiliency activities.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade (originally sponsored by Senators Das, Mullet, Frockt, Keiser, Zeiger and Kuderer; by request of Insurance Commissioner).
Housing, Community Development & Veterans: 3/19/19, 3/26/19 [DPA];
Appropriations: 4/5/19, 4/8/19 [DPA(APP w/o HOUS)].
Passed House - Amended: 4/12/19, 95-0.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & VETERANS
Majority Report: Do pass as amended. Signed by 9 members: Representatives Ryu, Chair; Morgan, Vice Chair; Jenkin, Ranking Minority Member; Gildon, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Barkis, Entenman, Frame, Leavitt and Reeves.
Staff: Serena Dolly (786-7150).
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
Majority Report: Do pass as amended by Committee on Appropriations and without amendment by Committee on Housing, Community Development & Veterans. Signed by 32 members: Representatives Ormsby, Chair; Bergquist, 2nd Vice Chair; Robinson, 1st Vice Chair; Stokesbary, Ranking Minority Member; MacEwen, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Rude, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Caldier, Chandler, Cody, Dolan, Dye, Fitzgibbon, Hansen, Hoff, Hudgins, Jinkins, Kraft, Macri, Mosbrucker, Pettigrew, Pollet, Ryu, Schmick, Senn, Springer, Stanford, Steele, Sullivan, Sutherland, Tarleton, Tharinger and Ybarra.
Staff: Catrina Lucero (786-7192).
Many states, including Washington, have embarked on efforts to mitigate loss from future disasters, including earthquakes, floods, and fires. For instance, in 2012, Washington's Emergency Management Council's Seismic Safety Committee issued a report and recommendations on improving statewide recovery after an earthquake. In 2016 the Governor created the Resilient Washington Subcabinet to help the state better prepare for natural disasters. Other states have created public entities, such as the California Earthquake Authority, to assist in the recovery process following a natural disaster.
Summary of Amended Bill:
A work group is created to study disaster mitigation and resiliency activities being implemented by federal agencies, other states, and public and private entities in Washington. In addition, the work group must review information on the use of disaster-related insurance, how other states are coordinating disaster mitigation and resiliency work, and the work of entities such as the California Earthquake Authority.
The work group will consist of 27 members, comprised of the following:
the Insurance Commissioner, or a designee, as the chair of the work group;
one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the House of Representatives;
one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the Senate;
a representative from the Governor's Resilient Washington work group;
a representative from the Washington State Association of Counties;
a representative from the Association of Washington Cities;
a representative from the State Building Code Council;
the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources or a designee;
the Director of the Washington State Military Department or a designee;
the Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designee;
the Secretary of the state Department of Transportation or a designee;
the Director of the Department of Ecology or a designee;
the Director of the Department of Commerce or a designee;
a representative from the Washington Association of Building Officials;
a representative from the Building Industry Association of Washington;
two representatives from the property and casualty insurance industry;
a representative of emergency and transitional housing providers;
a representative from public utility districts;
a representative of water and sewer districts;
a representative selected by the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, and the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs;
a representative of the state Department of Agriculture;
a representative of the Washington State Conservation Commission; and
two representatives of federally recognized Indian tribes.
The work group may add other participants for specific topic discussions or subcommittees.
The work group must submit a preliminary report of recommendations by November 1, 2019, and a final report by December 1, 2020. The report must include recommendations on:
whether Washington should create an ongoing disaster resiliency program;
the activities the program should engage in;
how the program should coordinate with state agencies and other entities; and
how the program should be funded.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Effective Date of Amended Bill: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed. However, the bill is null and void unless funded in the budget.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony (Housing, Community Development & Veterans):
(In support) Washington is prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and fires. This is a common sense bill to ensure the state is prepared and can recover. It would complement the work done by the Governor's Resilient Washington Subcabinet. The work group should include a representative from one of the more than 200 water and sewer districts in the state. These districts have extensive involvement in emergency management issues and could provide expertise to the work group.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony (Appropriations):
(In support) The large number of participants interested in the work group speaks to the overall level of support and interest in this topic. There has not yet been a coordinated and ongoing effort around disaster resilience and mitigation.
Persons Testifying (Housing, Community Development & Veterans): Senator Das, prime sponsor; Robert Ezelle, Washington State Military Department; Jean Leonard, Washington Insurers, State Farm, and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies; Mel Sorensen, American Property Casualty Insurance Association and American Family Insurance; Lonnie Johns-Brown, Office of the Insurance Commissioner; Joe Daniels, Washington Association of Water/Sewer Districts; and Jessica Czajkowski, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Persons Testifying (Appropriations): Lonnie Johns-Brown, Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying (Housing, Community Development & Veterans): None.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying (Appropriations): None.