SB 1827 gives political subdivisions explicit authority to inspect private property in a special flood hazard area to make sure residents and owners are complying with federal measures to reduce development in 100-year flood zones. The bill was laid out by Sen. Mario Gallegos (D-Houston) at a meeting of the Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations on Wednesday, April 13.
Testifying in support of the bill were Lampasas County Judge and Floodplain Manager Wayne Boultinghouse and TAC Associate General Counsel Michael Pichinson. Boultinghouse related his experiences as a floodplain manager and how SB 1827 would benefit the rural inspectors, especially in difficult cases. Pichinson explained the importance of explicit versus implied authority given to counties to carry out state and federal law.
The bill was passed out of the subcommittee as a committee substitute up to the full Intergovernmental Relations Committee.