senate Bill S1614

Amended

Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; appropriation

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 27 / Feb / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 03 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 03 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1614A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1614B
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop, implement, administer and operate a temporary middle income home energy assistance program.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1614
S1614A
S1614B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1854, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1064A
2009-2010: S2457

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BILL NUMBER:S1614 REVISED 4/2/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to authorizing the New York state energy research and
development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy
assistance program and providing for the repeal of such provisions
upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To establish a program which will provide home heating fuel
assistance to middle-income families who would otherwise not qualify
under the State/Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the legislation establishes, within the New York State
Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and with the
assistance of the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Temporary
Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Section two enacts the legislation immediately and sunsets the program
on April 1, 2014.

EXISTING LAW: This is a new program. The Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program, after which this program is modeled, is
established in Social Services Law § 97. LIHEAP is administered by the
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is federally-funded,
and has income eligibility criteria.

(See, http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/.)

JUSTIFICATION: Although natural gas prices have stabilized, the cost
of heating oil, wood pellets and propane has not remained stable. With
the onset of colder weather, it is anticipated home heating costs may
approach or exceed the record costs seen in the winter of 2010-2011.
When coupled with the continuing slow recovery of New York's
employment, stagnation of wages and erosion of middle-class savings
during the "Great Recession," it is a clear that there may be
widespread inability of New Yorkers to pay their heating bills. At the
same time, funding for low-income heating assistance is falling. Over
the last two years, heating assistance funding has been cut to $3.5
billion from $5.1 billion in 2010. Finally, the number of households
receiving assistance fell by 1.1 million over the period. Averting a
catastrophe is imperative. And by providing a State-funded Middle
Income Home Energy Assistance program we are delivering immediate help
on an emergency basis to middle-income families.

The program will be funded through proceeds from carbon permits
auctioned as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.1064A - Referred to Energy &
Telecommunications 2009-2010:S.2457 - Referred to Energy &
Telecommunications 2008-2009: S.8757A - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in
State revenue.


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1614

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing
  the New York state energy research and development authority to devel-
  op a temporary  middle  income  home  energy  assistance  program  and
  providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 1854 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  TEMPORARY  MIDDLE  INCOME  HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (A) THE
AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF  TAXATION
AND  FINANCE,  TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER AND OPERATE A PLAN, AND
HOLD AND SECURE  FUNDS  AVAILABLE  FOR  SUCH  PLAN,  TO  MAKE  AVAILABLE
ONE-TIME  SUPPLEMENTING  GRANTS  FOR  THE  PURPOSE OF ASSISTING ELIGIBLE
HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN HOME HEATING FUEL.
  (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE  TERM  "HOME  HEATING  FUEL"
SHALL  MEAN  FUEL  OIL,  COAL,  WOOD, PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, ELECTRICITY,
STEAM, KEROSENE AND ANY OTHER FUEL WHEN  USED  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  HEATING
PURPOSES.
  (C) THE AUTHORITY IS REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN ESTABLISHED
IN  PARAGRAPH  (A)  OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPORARY
MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AND  TO  ASSIST  ELIGIBLE
HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
  (D)  PERSONS  WHO  QUALIFY FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY, SHALL BE  CERTI-
FIED  AS  ELIGIBLE  FOR AND ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSIST-
ANCE. NO PERSON, HOWEVER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR  AND  ENTI-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02401-01-3

S. 1614                             2

TLED  TO  RECEIVE  SUCH  HOME  ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  IF NO STATE FUNDS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE.
  (E) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,
THE AMOUNT OF ANY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS OR ALLOWANCES PROVIDED
TO  AN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLD UNDER SUCH PLAN SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED INCOME
OR RESOURCES OF SUCH HOUSEHOLDS, OR  OF  ANY  MEMBER  THEREOF,  FOR  ANY
PURPOSE UNDER ANY STATE LAW.
  (F)  EXPENDITURES  MADE  BY THE AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO THE STATE MIDDLE
INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE COSTS  OF  ADMINIS-
TRATION,  SHALL  BE  SUBJECT TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT REIMBURSEMENT BY THE
STATE, IF AND FOR AS LONG AS STATE FUNDS  ARE  AVAILABLE  FOR  THE  FULL
AMOUNT OF SUCH EXPENDITURES.
  (G)  ADMINISTRATIVE  FUNDS  TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN THIS
SUBDIVISION AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS SHALL BE SET AT TEN PERCENT OF
THE TOTAL AMOUNT ALLOCATED. ADMINISTRATIVE MONIES SHALL BE DERIVED  FROM
FUNDS IDENTIFIED BY THE DIVISION OF THE BUDGET.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed April 1, 2014.

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