Florida lawmakers moving aid bills for Hurricane Michael

Wreckage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Tallahassee, FL, Photo Date: 10/11/2018 / Photo: WCTV / (MGN)
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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.

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