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Program Background

Senator Peter Courtney sponsored a series of companion measures during the 2005 Legislative Session.

Senate Bills 2 through 5, to provide a statewide seismic risk assessment, methodology and direction in order to implement the SRGP.

  • Senate Bill 2 required the Department of Geology & Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) to complete a Statewide Seismic Needs Assessment. This assessment of school buildings and public safety facilities included a rapid visual screening (RVS) of such buildings and a ranking of these screenings based on need and risk. This assessment was completed in June 2007.
  • Senate Bill 3 provided OEM with the authority to develop and implement the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) and establish a grant committee.
  • Senate Bills 4 and 5 authorized the issuance of Article XI-N and XI-M bonds which provides the funding mechanism to implement the ballot measures for the seismic rehabilitation of schools and emergency services buildings respectively.