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Housing and Community Development Committee Resolution on the President's FY2000 Budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development

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PUBLIC INSURANCE

WHEREAS, cities have an enormous stake in disaster assistance with local governments and states ultimately charged with responding to the immediate needs of residents when disasters strike; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing to re-write the regulations pertaining to Public Assistance Program Insurance Requirements; and

WHEREAS, the agency’s proposal would require public entities to carry "all hazard" insurance on public buildings as a condition of receiving federal disaster assistance; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the goal of reducing the escalating costs of federal disaster relief; however, this proposal would place an enormous burden on cities, as well as states, local school districts, public hospitals and universities; and

WHEREAS, the proposal raises a number of concerns for cities, including:

    the insurance industry’s ability to provide the type of coverage mandated; potential public safety concerns arising from having critical public buildings, such as public hospitals, left unrepaired as a result of insurance companies going bankrupt after a disaster; delays in delivery of public assistance resulting from jurisdictions that may be forced into extended legal battles stemming from insurance companies not offering full coverage in the aftermath of disasters; and increased administrative burden and costs to localities that are required to carry multiple policies for each public building, even in cases where only theoretical risk exists,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the President and FEMA to slow down the rulemaking process on the insurance requirements to ensure that cities and other affected parties have full and substantial input in the development of the proposed rule so that the potential impact of any changes is thoroughly examined.

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