A state Senate panel on Monday advanced a resolution that would assert more legislative oversight over the nearly $1.7 billion in federal aid Louisiana has received to aid the recovery from last year's catastrophic floods.
"It's just saying that we're requesting that the allocation of dollars coming down for the floods ... that they keep us abreast of how they are spending them," said state Sen. Bodi White, R-Central.
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White said his Senate Concurrent Resolution 83 would provide oversight similar to what the state Legislature was granted following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, including regular updates on how the money will be spent.
The resolution, which quickly passed out of the Finance Committee and now heads to the full Senate for consideration, cites the state's struggle to secure funding that officials say is needed for the state's recovery from floods that swept north Louisiana in March 2016 and south Louisiana in August.
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Leaders have been seeking an additional $2 billion from Congress but the latest appropriations bill allocates fewer than $400 million.
The state is currently in the process of rolling out homeowner rebuilding programs, as well as loan and grant programs for flood-affected businesses and rental properties. Homeowners can take an initial intake survey at restore.la.gov.