Truly Agreed, 2016

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CCS HCS SS SB 732, 2016    (Amended Section - as Truly Agreed)    

44.032. 1. The general assembly recognizes the necessity for anticipating and making advance provisions to care for the unusual and extraordinary burdens imposed on this state and its political subdivisions by disasters or emergencies. To meet such situations, it is the intention of the general assembly to confer emergency powers on the governor, acting through the director, and vesting the governor with adequate power and authority within the limitation of available funds in the Missouri disaster fund to meet any such emergency or disaster.
     2. There is hereby established a fund to be known as the "Missouri Disaster Fund", to which the general assembly may appropriate funds and from which funds may be appropriated annually to the state emergency management agency. The funds appropriated shall be expended during a state emergency at the direction of the governor and upon the issuance of an emergency declaration which shall set forth the emergency and shall state that it requires the expenditure of public funds to furnish immediate aid and relief. The director of the state emergency management agency shall administer the fund.
     3. Expenditures may be made upon direction of the governor for emergency management, as defined in section 44.010, or to implement the state disaster plans. Expenditures may also be made to meet the matching requirements of state and federal agencies for any applicable assistance programs.
     4. Assistance may be provided from the Missouri disaster fund to political subdivisions of this state which have suffered from a disaster to such an extent as to impose a severe financial burden exceeding the ordinary reserve capacity of the subdivision affected. Applications for aid under this section shall be made to the state emergency management agency on such forms as may be prescribed and furnished by the agency, which forms shall require the furnishing of sufficient information to determine eligibility for aid and the extent of the financial burden incurred. The agency may call upon other agencies of the state in evaluating such applications. The director of the state emergency management agency shall review each application for aid under the provisions of this section and recommend its approval or disapproval, in whole or in part, to the governor. If approved, the governor shall determine and certify to the director of the state emergency management agency the amount of aid to be furnished. The director of the state emergency management agency shall thereupon issue his voucher to the commissioner of administration, who shall issue his warrants therefor to the applicant.
     5. When a disaster or emergency has been proclaimed by the governor or there is a national emergency, the director of the state emergency management agency, upon order of the governor, shall have authority to expend funds for the following:
     (1) The purposes of sections 44.010 to 44.130 and the responsibilities of the governor and the state emergency management agency as outlined in sections 44.010 to 44.130;
     (2) Employing, for the duration of the response and recovery to emergency, additional personnel and contracting or otherwise procuring necessary appliances, supplies, equipment, and transport;
     (3) Performing services for and furnishing materials and supplies to state government agencies, counties, and municipalities with respect to performance of any duties enjoined by law upon such agencies, counties, and municipalities which they are unable to perform because of extreme natural or man-made phenomena, and receiving reimbursement in whole or in part from such agencies, counties, and municipalities able to pay therefor under such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the director of the state emergency management agency and any such agency, county, or municipality;
     (4) Performing services for and furnishing materials to any individual in connection with alleviating hardship and distress growing out of extreme natural or man-made phenomena, and receiving reimbursement in whole or in part from such individual under such terms as may be agreed upon by the director of the state emergency management agency and such individual;
     (5) Providing services to counties and municipalities with respect to quelling riots and civil disturbances;
     (6) Repairing and restoring public infrastructure;
     (7) Furnishing transportation for supplies to alleviate suffering and distress;
     (8) Furnishing medical services and supplies to prevent the spread of disease and epidemics;
     (9) Quelling riots and civil disturbances;
     (10) Training individuals or governmental agencies for the purpose of perfecting the performance of emergency assistance duties as defined in the state disaster plans;
     (11) Procurement, storage, and transport of special emergency supplies or equipment determined by the director to be necessary to provide rapid response by state government to assist counties and municipalities in impending or actual emergencies;
     (12) Clearing or removing from publicly or privately owned land or water, debris and wreckage which may threaten public health or safety; [and]
     (13) Reimbursement to any urban search and rescue task force for any reasonable and necessary expenditures incurred in the course of responding to any declared emergency under this section; and
     (14)
Such other measures as are customarily necessary to furnish adequate relief in cases of catastrophe or disaster.
     6. The governor may receive such voluntary contributions as may be made from any source to aid in carrying out the purposes of this section and shall credit the same to the Missouri disaster fund.
     7. All obligations and expenses incurred by the governor in the exercise of the powers and duties vested by the provisions of this section shall be paid by the state treasurer out of available funds in the Missouri disaster fund, and the commissioner of administration shall draw warrants upon the state treasurer for the payment of such sum, or so much thereof as may be required, upon receipt of proper vouchers provided by the director of the state emergency management agency.
     8. The provisions of this section shall be liberally construed in order to accomplish the purposes of sections 44.010 to 44.130 and to permit the governor to cope adequately with any emergency which may arise, and the powers vested in the governor by this section shall be construed as being in addition to all other powers presently vested in the governor and not in derogation of any existing powers.
     9. Such funds as may be made available by the government of the United States for the purpose of alleviating distress from disasters may be accepted by the state treasurer and shall be credited to the Missouri disaster fund, unless otherwise specifically provided in the act of Congress making such funds available.
     10. The foregoing provisions of this section notwithstanding, any expenditure or proposed series of expenditures which total in excess of one thousand dollars per project shall be approved by the governor prior to the expenditure.


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