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Bill Detail: SB22-206

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Title Disaster Preparedness And Recovery Resources
Status Signed by the Speaker of the House (05/17/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Housing
  • Local Government
  • State Government
House Sponsors J. Amabile (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 04/14/2022
Summary

Section 2 creates the disaster resilience rebuilding program in the
division of local government (division) in the department of local affairs.

The disaster resilience rebuilding program's purpose is to provide loans
and grants to homeowners, owners of residential rental property,
businesses, governmental entities, and other organizations working to
rebuild after a disaster emergency. The division may contract with a
governmental entity, bank, credit union, community development
financial institution (CDFI), or other entity to administer the disaster
resilience rebuilding program. If the division contracts with an entity
other than a governmental entity or CDFI, the division is required to
engage in an open and competitive process to select the entity.
The division or an administrator is required to establish policies for
administering the disaster resilience rebuilding program, including
application requirements, eligibility requirements for applicants,
maximum assistance levels, loan terms, and any specific criteria for the
allowable uses of the loans and grants. Loans and grants may be used to:
  • Subsidize costs to repair or rebuild a homeowner's primary
residence that are insufficiently covered by the
homeowner's insurance or by federal assistance programs,
including costs to rebuild to advanced fire resistance
standards and to replant climate ready trees and vegetation;
  • Repair or reconstruct housing stock in areas that are
experiencing a shortage of available housing by housing
authorities and nonprofit organizations working to repair or
reconstruct housing stock, or by owners of rental housing
who agree to requirements to provide affordable rent;
  • Rebuild neighborhoods planned to resist the impacts of
natural disasters;
  • Provide operating capital to a business experiencing a loss
or interruption of business or to pay to repair or replace
damaged business property and inventory; or
  • Reimburse governmental entities for costs associated with
a declared disaster that are not covered by available federal
assistance, including costs associated with disaster
management, fee waivers for building permits,
infrastructure repairs, and replacement of lost revenue.
The bill creates the disaster resilience rebuilding program fund.
The state treasurer is required to transfer $15 million to the fund after the
effective date of the bill. The money in the fund is continuously
appropriated to the division for the rebuilding program.
Section 3 creates the sustainable rebuilding program in the
Colorado energy office. The office is required to consult with the
Colorado resiliency office and the department of local affairs in creating
the sustainable rebuilding program. The sustainable rebuilding program's
purpose is to provide loans and grants to homeowners, owners of
residential rental property, and businesses that are rebuilding after a
wildfire or other natural disaster to cover costs associated with building
high performing, energy efficient, and resilient homes and structures. The
office may contract with a governmental entity, Colorado-based nonprofit
green bank with history and expertise in providing loans and grants for
energy efficiency projects and services, business nonprofit, bank, credit
union, or community development financial institution to administer the
sustainable rebuilding program. If the office contracts with an entity other
than a governmental entity, the office is required to engage in an open and
competitive process to select the entity.
The Colorado energy office or an administrator is required to
establish policies for administering the sustainable rebuilding program,
including application requirements, eligibility requirements for
homeowners and businesses, maximum assistance levels, loan terms, and
any specific criteria for the allowable uses of the loans and grants.
The loans and grants may be used to:
  • Install high-efficiency heat pumps for heating space or
water;
  • Achieve advanced energy certifications, including from
Energy Star, the Passive House Institute U.S., the United
States department of energy zero energy ready homes, or
other similar programs;
  • Achieve net zero energy or net zero carbon buildings with
the addition of renewable energy generation;
  • Assist with the costs of installing battery storage and
electric vehicle charging stations;
  • Cover the incremental costs of building to the most recent
energy standard adopted by a local jurisdiction compared
to the earlier version of the jurisdiction's energy code; and
  • Support other similar uses identified by the office.
The bill creates the sustainable rebuilding program fund. The state
treasurer is required to transfer $20 million to the fund after the effective
date of the bill. The money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the
office for the resiliency program.
Section 4 creates the office of climate preparedness in the
governor's office. The office is required to coordinate disaster recovery
efforts for the governor's office as well as the development and
implementation of the statewide climate preparedness roadmap (roadmap)
that the office is also charged with preparing and publishing.
The office of climate preparedness may establish interagency and
intergovernmental task forces and community advisory groups to inform
and support the work of the office. The office may promote community
engagement and information sharing and further efforts to implement the
recommendations of the roadmap.
The office of climate preparedness is required to coordinate the
implementation of the roadmap and may establish criteria for evaluating
existing programs in all other state agencies to ensure implementation of
the roadmap and its governing principles.
No later than December 1, 2023, the office of climate preparedness
is required to prepare and publish and, every 3 years thereafter, update the
roadmap. The roadmap must integrate and include information from all
existing state plans that address climate mitigation, adaptation, resiliency,
and recovery. The roadmap must build upon this previous body of work,
seek to align existing plans, and identify any gaps in policy, planning, or
resources. The roadmap must identify strategies for how the state will
grow in population and continue to develop in a manner that meets certain
goals specified in the bill.

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