The Mississippi Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill to allow local governments to
enforce federal floodplains codes at hunting and fishing camps, and remain in the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill now goes to the governor.
Lawmakers tell the Mississippi Press that they expect the governor to sign the bill before a May 5 deadline.
The bill would remove the hunting-and-fishing-camp exemption from floodplains regulations.
The state's exemption on such properties from meeting flood code conflicts with federal law that requires all properties in floodplains to build to code.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down a request from the state for a waiver for such property.