Lawmakers back money for Hurricane Harvey aid


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A joint legislative panel Friday freed up about $1.3 million to cover costs of sending Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers to Texas to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission approved a request to release money to pay for expenses including overtime pay, equipment costs and supplies.

Two Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission teams, totaling 129 officers, went to Texas in late August to help with such things as search-and-rescue efforts after Harvey caused massive flooding.

The teams were deployed in Texas until Sept. 6.