Kan. Senate Committee Moves Quickly on Disaster Relief Bill

January 18, 2008

A Senate committee is moving quickly on a proposal to help flood- and tornado-damaged communities rebuild homes.

The Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to sponsor the proposal. It would provide $12 million over three years to help communities rebuild homes.

The money would come from Kansas Lottery ticket sales. Committee Chairman and Thayer Republican Dwayne Umbarger said the panel will have a hearing today.

The measure is a response to flooding this summer in southeast Kansas and to tornadoes in May, one of which nearly destroyed the town of Greensburg in southwest Kansas.

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