SUPPORT reauthorization of the NFIP with legislative, policy and programmatic modifications to ensure no coverage lapses and to improve the affordability, transparency and financial stability of the program through reforms in the following areas: 1) Affordability/Rate Structure; 2) Mapping/Data Collection/Modeling; and, 3) Mitigation.

 

OPPOSE any reauthorization efforts that are detrimental to policyholders, local governments and the integrity of the program.

 

SUPPORT the Sustainable, Affordable, Fair and Efficient National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SAFE NFIP) 2017.

 

For a more in-depth analysis of NFIP, please click here

 

Comprehensive Water Policy:

TBD – FAC staff is working to determine policy statement language and action items.

 

Water Resources Development Act:

SUPPORT bi-annual passage of the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes Corps of Engineers projects and policies that often have state-wide impacts to Florida, including Everglades restoration, port and inlet construction, and beach nourishment projects.

 

SUPPORT restoration of congressionally directed spending.

 

De-obligation:

SUPPORT changes to the Stafford Act that will ensure counties are not denied a disaster project appeal by FEMA, whenever the state, while serving as the grantee, fails to meet the regulatory timeline for project appeals.

 

Recovery and Preparedness:

SUPPORT increased investment in mitigation programs such as the Pre-disaster Mitigation Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and other partnerships between local and federal governments to complete mitigation projects and increase resiliency to disasters.

 

OPPOSE programmatic changes that would increase the local cost share for disaster recovery, such as the implementation of a disaster deductible.

 

The following proposal is currently being considered as an addition to FAC's Federal Disaster Recovery Priorities. A final vote on whether this policy is approved or not will take place at FAC's Legislative Conference in November. Please see the policy below:

 

Hurricane Michael Recovery:

To assist with long-term recovery from Hurricane Michael, SUPPORT efforts that will expedite the funding guidelines required for the CDBG-DR program.

 

SUPPORT the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA), which bans oil and gas leasing within 125 miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast until 2022 and OPPOSES any legislation that moves the ban to an earlier date. FAC meanwhile SUPPORTS keeping Florida’s east coast free from offshore drilling and maintaining the Department of Interior’s commitment to remove Florida from consideration in the next draft of the proposed leasing plan.

 

Appropriations for Programs of Significant Importance:

  • Corps of Engineers – funding for Everglades restoration, port and inlet construction and maintenance, and beach nourishment
  • Community Development Block Grant program
  • Community Services Block Grant program
  • Social Services Block Grant program
  • Economic Development Administration
  • State Criminal Alien Assistance Program

 

SUPPORT legislation ensuring that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supported housing program has at least one program manager for every 35 rental assistance cases under such program.

 

The above proposal is currently being reviewed by FAC's Federal Committee. At this time, it is recommended that the above proposal be amended. A final vote on whether this policy is amended or not will take place at FAC's Legislative Conference in November. Please see the suggested change below:

 

SUPPORT legislation requiring the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide case management support to local housing authorities under the VA-supported housing program.

 

SUPPORT federal legislation that ensures funding for locally-owned infrastructure, including water and wastewater facilities, preserves the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, streamlines the federal permitting process, promotes innovative financing, and ensures the long-term certainty and solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund.

 

The FAC Federal Policy Committee met at the Innovation & Policy Conference in September to consider the following proposals. A final vote on the adoption of these policies will occur at the FAC Legislative Conference in November 2019. To view the Federal Policy Booklet with more information on the below proposals, please click here

 

FEMA Flood Mapping - Risk Rating 2.0

FAC Staff Recommendation: Adopt

SUPPORT a transparent process for rating a property’s flood risk. SUPPORT a longer implementation schedule (24 months) for FEMA’s proposed Risk Rating 2.0 program. SUPPORT a process that requires FEMA to consult with states and local governments before fully implementing Risk Rating 2.0. SUPPORT an appeal process where counties and policy holders can petition rate changes that do not reflect a property’s flood risk.

 

Health Care for Non-Convicted Persons

FAC Staff Recommendation: Adopt

SUPPORT the reinstatement of federal health care benefits, including those benefits awarded to veterans, for non-convicted justice involved individuals

 

Digital Divide

FAC Staff Recommendation: Adopt

FAC SUPPORTS increasing public funding for construction of broadband infrastructure; FAC SUPPORTS improving service mapping accurately by requiring more granular data from service providers, allowing crowd sourced data to be used to inform the map, and creating an appeal process to challenge demonstrable inaccuracies.

 

Non-Domestic Sand Sources

FAC Staff Recommendation: Adopt

SUPPORT allowing local governments to acquire sand by purchase, exchange or otherwise from non-domestic sources to replenish shorelines due to beach erosion.