Bill Would Create New Layer of Local Emergency Planning

MACo Research Director, Robin Clark Eilenberg testified in opposition of HB 1482, Human Services – Homelessness – Emergency Cold Weather Planning, to the House Appropriations Committee on March 8, 2016.

The bill would mandate the creation of emergency cold weather councils with specific membership in each county.While well-intentioned, this legislation could create a new structure that is redundant and potentially counterproductive to existing local partnerships to tackle cold weather emergencies.

Following the House Appropriations hearing, MACo has been in touch with advocates with plans to discuss alternative approaches to solving gaps in homeless sheltering.

From the MACo testimony,

Protecting and preserving the well-being of our most vulnerable residents is a priority for all jurisdictions. Local emergency management agencies and their partners across county government already conduct activities that cover the areas described in this legislation.

An identical cross-filed bill, SB 920, was heard on March 17 in the Senate.

For more on 2016 MACo legislation, visit the Legislative Database.