There has been a slew of legislative hearings in congress over the last few weeks. These hearings, in the House Financial Services Committee, and the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee have been aimed at trying to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program with significant reforms.
On the Massachusetts Coastal Coalition website, we have posted the House Financial Services Committee hearings. These committee hearings are a sign that Congress has moved the NFIP reauthorization to a priority. See the 2017 page HERE
This week, Chair Joe Rossi will be traveling to New Orleans, LA and Scottsdale, AZ in order to begin our efforts to push for reform priorities that we have worked on regionally and with national coalitions. In my trip to New Orleans, I will be meeting with the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance. In Scottsdale, I will be attending the National Flood Determination Association (NFDA) annual conference. In January, Chair Joe Rossi was elected on to the NFDA board of directors. This conference is a chance for us to get in front of decision makers in FEMA.
As we begin to get movement at the Federal level on the National Flood Insurance Program, we will begin to update you on the changes and legislation proposed during this time. We will follow up in the next few weeks with ongoing legislative actions.