Provisions in a bill reauthorizing operations at the Federal Aviation Administration could help central Illinois recover from future natural disasters.
Downstate lawmakers including U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, have long sought to pass legislation reforming the way the Federal Emergency Management Agency allocates dollars after floods, tornadoes and other destruction.
Under the current formula, they say, small communities in states with big cities are unfairly disadvantaged — as in the Tri-County area case of Washington, which didn't receive aid for city costs borne after the Nov. 17, 2013, tornado.
A standalone bill tweaking the FEMA formula previously passed but didn't advance in the Senate.
Bustos worked to add it into the FAA legislation, her office stated in a news release Friday, describing it as "another means to get this long overdue legislation on the path to becoming law."
The measure passed the House 393-13, and now must be considered by the Senate.