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Introduced in Senate (03/23/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 709


To prohibit the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from taking administrative action to recover certain payments for disaster or emergency assistance, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 23, 2017

Mr. Nelson introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To prohibit the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from taking administrative action to recover certain payments for disaster or emergency assistance, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Disaster Assistance Improvement Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Actions to recover payment for disaster or emergency assistance.

(a) In general.—Section 705 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5205) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1)—

(A) by striking “Except” and inserting “Notwithstanding section 3716(e) of title 31, United States Code, and except”; and

(B) by striking “report for the disaster or emergency” and inserting “report for project completion as certified by the grantee”; and

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) in paragraph (1), by striking “report for the disaster or emergency” and inserting “report for project completion as certified by the grantee”; and

(B) in paragraph (3), by inserting “for project completion as certified by the grantee” after “final expenditure report”.

(b) Applicability.—With respect to a payment for disaster or emergency assistance provided to a State or local government on or after January 1, 2004, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency may not take administrative action to recover such payment for assistance after the date of enactment of this Act if the action is prohibited under section 705(a)(1) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5205(a)(1)), as amended by subsection (a).

(c) Limitation.—Nothing in this section, including the amendments made by this section, shall be construed to invalidate or otherwise affect any administrative action completed before the date of enactment of this Act.


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