Published Oct. 16, 2015
S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas has asked Ways and Means Chairman Brian White and his fellow panel members to begin assessing the impact of this month’s historic flooding before the General Assembly convenes in January.
“At this point in time, it is clear that full assessments and exact estimates for the damage done are not yet known and may take time to determine,” said Lucas, R-Hartsville. “However, idly sitting back and waiting for these specifics is not an option. It will ultimately be the responsibility of the General Assembly to provide the means and method of recovery.”
Lucas said he asked White and his panel to hold hearings with state agencies and other entities involved in disaster response to assess both the impacts of the flooding and the potential costs of recovery.
“Based upon the overwhelming support our first responders, neighbors, and nonprofit organizations have provided, we owe it to the people of South Carolina to move forward with the recovery process immediately,” said Lucas, adding that Majority Leader Bruce Bannister and Minority Leader Todd Rutherford agree with his action.