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HB20-1057

Modify Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program

Concerning modifications to the "Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act".
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subject:
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill makes the following modifications to the existing "Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act" (act) and, specifically, the grant program funded by the act:

  • Currently, grant applicants are required to self-finance 50% of the cost of a project funded by a grant. The bill, in the case of a project that is located in an area with fewer economic resources, lessens this requirement so that grant applicants are required to self-finance 25% of the total cost of the project. The forest service is required to establish a policy that specifies the criteria by which a project will satisfy such requirements.
  • Permits a grant project eligible to receive funding to support ongoing maintenance efforts undertaken by eligible recipients to reduce the threat of large, high-intensity wildfires.
  • Adds to the list of recipients eligible to receive grant funding a fire protection district and a nonprofit organization or entity engaged in firefighting or fire management activities.
  • Extends the date by which the grant program will be repealed to September 1, 2029.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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