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Berger forms committee to respond to Irene

Posted September 2, 2011
Updated September 6, 2011

— Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger on Friday named nine senators to a committee to respond to Hurricane Irene damage and work to prepare the state for future natural disasters.

“The state must respond promptly and efficiently to destructive events that batter our communities,” Berger, R-Rockingham, said in a statement. “This committee will help ensure that happens.”

The Senate Select Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Response includes seven Republicans and two Democrats, and Berger said the members hold leadership roles on issues pertinent to disaster relief – transportation, agriculture, public safety and appropriations – and some represent districts hit hard by Irene.

Sens. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, and Louis Pate, R-Wayne, will co-chair the committee. Other members are Sens. Jean Preston, R-Carteret, Stan White, D-Dare, Ed Jones, D-Halifax, Andrew Brock, R-Davie, Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston, Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, and Harry Brown, R-Onslow.

Berger noted that lawmakers added more than $183 million this year to the state’s rainy day fund, which now has about $300 million. They also appropriated about $125 million into a repair and renovation fund, which can be used to rebuild crucial infrastructure, he said.

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  • marktroll Sep 12, 2011

    what was "proposed" in the GA is what made it to her desk, and it originally had her support until the trial lawyers BOUGHT her veto. she is the GOVERNOR last time i checked, not a legislator over a small district. she is supposed to be leading our state. she is failing, and has continually polled to be the worst governor our state has EVER had.

  • Obama 2012 Sep 7, 2011

    Yes, she changed her mind on one issue, this doesn't make her indecisive. She may have read the fine lines in the law and found something wrong with it. What is proposed and what actually make it to her desk are two different things. You say she's been using the hurricane for political points, but what's it call when the Republicans start rambling about voter I.D.s or gay marriage? Even though she may be acting political, she still does a lot better than her republican counter-parts. Which brings me to my next point, what about the fact the General Assembly cut the state's emergency response? What about the budget? At least when she plays political, it didn't pose a threat to the state or bring it back a century or two.

  • marktroll Sep 7, 2011

    publicly flip flopping on medical malpractice reform is not made up. the governors public statements on both the issue and the bill that passed the GA is well documented. that is as REAL as it gets.
    also, firing your spokeperson after goofing on political messaging during a state of emergency is/was VERY real. it happened. #thatisall #next

  • Obama 2012 Sep 6, 2011

    "marktroll", you don't like her just because she's a democrat, if your going to trash talk someone, do it for a real reason, not one that's made up

  • marktroll Sep 6, 2011

    ummm, this governor is the same one that publicly supported the medical malpractice reform bill, then took almost 200k from the trial lawyers association, then mysteriously vetoed the medical malpractice reform bill which passed the legislature with overwhelming democrat support.
    beveto perdont then proved she is in the hurricane response for political points. 4 days before the hurricane hit she is on the record urging vacationers not to cancel their OBX vacation plans, then as the storm hits she is behind the ball on emergency response, and notices that the state is doing a heck of a job by itself without her input. she saw the chance she had to gain political points in the storm messaging and FIRED her spokesperson in the middle of cleanup.
    well done governor. well done.

    "fighting for FEMA's and the Fed's help" lol.

  • Obama 2012 Sep 2, 2011

    Umm, these people were the same ones to cut our Emergency Management fund, and for your information our "short-sighted" governor has been fighting for FEMA's and the Fed's help, Republicans need to learn facts not use bent and misused opinions.

  • marktroll Sep 2, 2011

    its good to see the foresight they had to bulk up the rainy day fund, and to put committee members in place that represent those affected by the storm. this story shows that they are being more proactive than our governor, who is so mad about her "political messaging" of hurricane irene, she canned her spokesperson.
    Well done.