Dunleavy signs bill authorizing $141M in earthquake relief
Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a key supplemental funding bill into law Friday, as Alaska continues to rebuild infrastructure from the Nov. 30 earthquake.
Senate Bill 38, which the governor signed during a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, authorizes the state to receive $103 million in federal funding for recovery from Southcentral Alaska's 7.1 quake.
"This bill, SB 38, the disaster relief bill, is going to be very important for Alaska, Southcentral Alaska to make sure that we get our bridges and roads up to speed," Dunleavy said.
The state dollars, combined with federal money, totals $141 million.
"Over the past four months the state has spent over about $6 million on the disaster to date," said Michael Sutton, director of the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "Refunding the disaster relief fund is going a long way to increasing our capability to meet the needs of the individual families and also the critical infrastructure owners', operators' public buildings, et cetera that have been destroyed."
The bill was passed unanimously by both chambers of the Legislature in late March.
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