tornado, floods, disaster response, Joplin, Missouri

Missouri Lawmakers Evaluate Disaster Response

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) __ Missouri senators will examine the state’s response to a series of natural disasters.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says he’s creating a special committee to recommend ways the Legislature can help residents and local governments recover and rebuild from tornadoes and floods. Three subcommittees will focus on the state’s emergency response, financial aid and insurance coverage.

Mayer wants recommendations made by Sept. 1.  House Speaker Steven Tilley already has created a similar committee. Its initial meeting was scheduled for Wednesday in Sedalia, with additional meetings next week in Joplin and Sikeston.

The House panel is to recommend by July 31 whether there is a need for a special legislative session, then make long-term recommendations by the end of the year.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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