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  S.B. No. 285
  relating to information, outreach, and other actions regarding
  hurricane preparedness and mitigation.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 418, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 418.127, 418.128, and 418.129 to read as
         Sec. 418.127.  HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS. The governor shall
  issue a proclamation each year before hurricane season instructing:
               (1)  individuals, including residential and commercial
  property owners, to prepare their property and communities for the
  upcoming hurricane season;
               (2)  state agencies to review and update their
  hurricane preparedness plans; and
               (3)  the following entities, to the extent practicable,
  to conduct community outreach and education activities on hurricane
  preparedness between May 25 and May 31 of each year:
                     (A)  municipalities and counties;
                     (B)  the division;
                     (C)  the Texas Education Agency;
                     (D)  the office of the comptroller;
                     (E)  the Texas Department of Insurance; and
                     (F)  the Department of State Health Services.
  (a)  Not later than the 30th day after the date the governor issues
  a proclamation under Section 418.127, the governor, in consultation
  with the division and each appropriate state agency as determined
  by the governor, shall publish on the office of the governor's
  Internet website a report on the preparedness of state agencies for
  hurricane response.  The report must include:
               (1)  a list of each state agency involved in this
  state's response to a hurricane;
               (2)  contact information for each state agency in the
  event of a hurricane, including the name, e-mail address, and
  telephone number of the officer or employee who manages the state
  agency's response to a hurricane; and
               (3)  whether the officer or employee under Subdivision
  (2) has completed the emergency management training course
  described by Section 418.005.
         (b)  Notwithstanding any other law, the governor may, by
  executive order, take any action necessary to ensure each state
  agency listed under Subsection (a)(1) is able to respond to a
  hurricane.  An executive order issued under this subsection must be
  published in the Texas Register and expires on the last day of the
  first regular session of the legislature to convene after the date
  the order is issued unless the governor specifies an earlier
  expiration date in the order.
         (c)  In this section, "response" includes any activity
  related to the prevention or discovery of, response to, or recovery
  from a hurricane.
         Sec. 418.129.  HOUSING ASSISTANCE INFORMATION. The General
  Land Office shall conduct a public information campaign each year
  before and during hurricane season to provide local officials and
  the public with information regarding housing assistance that may
  be available under state and federal law in the event of a major
  hurricane or flooding event, including information about types of
  assistance unavailable under that law.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 285 passed the Senate on
  April 4, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 21, 2019, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 285 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 14, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 139,
  Nays 2, two present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House