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Legislation Intended To Help Montecito Debris Flow Victims Now On Governor's Desk

A home damaged by the January 9th Montecito debris flow

A bill by a Santa Barbara County legislator intended to help victims of mudslides, and debris flows related to brush fires is now on the Governor’s desk for his consideration.

SB 917 tries to clarify the law to say that if someone has insurance for a brush fire, that insurance would also cover related impacts like a mudslide or debris flow. The legislation was authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara in the wake of January’s destructive debris flows in Montecito.

The State Assembly and State Senate passed the bill, so it’s now in the hands of the Governor.

State Insurance Commission Dave Jones warned insurance companies he considered the Montecito disaster to be related to the massive Thomas Fire. He told them they would be expected to cover people with fire insurance who didn’t have flood insurance.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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