By: Associated Press
April 17, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - With a disaster aid bill stalled in Congress, Florida lawmakers have begun moving legislation aimed at providing money and other assistance to people in the Panhandle still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
A Senate Appropriations panel approved a pair of bills Tuesday to provide assistance for housing, debris removal, infrastructure repairs and other needs.
One measure would create a $300 million loan program if lawmakers ultimately decide to approve the money. A second bill approved Tuesday would set aside a percentage of Florida's money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for hurricane recovery needs.
Democratic Sen. Bill Montford of Tallahassee says northwest Florida is still suffering months after Category 4 storm Michael swept ashore in October.
Congress cannot agree on a roughly $13 billion aid package for multiple disasters, including Michael.