senate Bill S1614B

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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  • 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:
Appropriations
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:S1614B

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; making an appropriation therefor 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 appropriates $1,000,000 for the purpose of enacting this
temporary program of assistance to middle-income New Yorkers.

Section three enacts the legislation immediately and sunsets the
program on April 1, 2015.

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.1064-A - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2009-2010: S.2457 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2008-2009: S.8757-A - 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, 2015.

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

                                 1614--B

                       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 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the
  Committee  on  Finance  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee --  recommitted
  to  the  Committee on Energy and Telecommunications in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

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; making an
  appropriation therefor 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  FUNDS  AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PLAN, TO MAKE AVAILABLE ONE-TIME SUPPLE-
MENTING 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02401-06-4

S. 1614--B                          2

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-
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.
  S 2. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so  much  thereof
as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy
research and development authority out of any moneys in the state treas-
ury  in  the  general fund to the credit of the state purposes fund, not
otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the  purpose
of  supporting  the  temporary  middle  income  home  energy  assistance
program.  Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant  of  the
comptroller  on  vouchers  certified  or  approved by the New York state
energy research and development authority in the  manner  prescribed  by
law.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed April 1, 2015.

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