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Senate Passes Rick Scott’s Disaster Contract Improvement Act

This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., got his “Disaster Contract Improvement Act” through the U.S. Senate without opposition.

The bill will “improve the disaster contracting process on the federal, local and state levels of government following natural disasters and mitigate waste, fraud and abuse” and “will protect victims of natural disasters by ensuring post-disaster services are delivered quickly and taxpayer dollars are spent solely on helping impacted communities.”

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., co-sponsored the bill.

“Florida is no stranger to natural disasters. But thankfully, Florida is resilient because of the intense preparation that goes into our disaster readiness planning. Sadly, even when we prepare, all too often we have seen waste, fraud and abuse following storms. It hurts our families, local governments, and the American taxpayer. My bill, the Disaster Contract Improvement Act, will help stop this waste and make sure that every dollar is spent with care, preserving resources for future disaster response efforts. I want to applaud its passage and thank Chairman Peters and Senator Rosen for joining me in this good, bipartisan bill. The Disaster Contract Improvement Act is a win for American taxpayers,” Scott said.

The bill, which Scott first introduced at the start of 2022, now heads to the U.S. House where there is no companion measure.

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  • Kevin Derby

    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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