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Law would require FEMA to redraw floodplain maps

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to redraw its floodplain maps and suspend mandatory flood insurance purchases.

The Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, HR 1309, passed with a 406-22 vote. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Under the legislation, FEMA officials would have to assemble a council made up of federal, state, local and private experts to review mapping standards and propose strategies for producing more accurate maps. They would be required to update their maps within six months of council recommendations.

While these maps are being corrected, there would be a moratorium on mandatory flood insurance purchases for those living in high-risk zones.