senate Bill S6665

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the office of temporary and disability assistance, in its plan for the low-income home energy assistance program, to utilize the maximum reductions in determining income eligibility

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Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
Jun 03, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jun 02, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 29, 2014 1st report cal.1024
Feb 25, 2014 referred to social services

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May 29, 2014 - Social Services committee Vote

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Social Services Committee Vote: May 29, 2014

S6665 - Bill Details

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Amd ยง97, Soc Serv L

S6665 - Bill Texts

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Directs the office of temporary and disability assistance, in its plan for the low-income home energy assistance program, to utilize the maximum reduction in determining income eligibility.

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BILL NUMBER:S6665

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to the low-income home energy assistance program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that the office of
temporary and disability assistance, in submitting the annual plan for
the low income home energy assistance program to the federal
government, will utilize the maximum reductions to income in
determining income eligibility.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 1 of Section 97 of the social services
law to direct that, after January 1, 2015, the NYS Office of Temporary
and Disability Assistance (OTDA) shall utilize a definition of net
income in their annual LIHEAP plan which allows for the most expansive
deductions from gross income in order to retain eligibility under the
plan.

Section 2 provides the effective date of the legislation.

JUSTIFICATION: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
is a federally funded energy program intended to provide assistance to
low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. To
receive federal funding, each state must submit a State Plan for
approval to the United States Department of Health and human Services
(HHS) each year.

The federal government does not provide a set definition of "income"
under the LIHEAP program. New York currently utilizes a definition of
"income" which excludes certain deductions which are also used in
other state temporary assistance programs.

Other states use a threshold qualifier of "net income" with additional
deductions from gross income. Use of a similar standard in New York
would allow more individuals and families with slightly higher income
levels to qualify for HEAP. In extreme and long lasting winter weather
conditions many people are caught in situations where they are just
above the applicable income levels but are unable to qualify for
assistance. This can result in their power being shut off. As a
result, many have to resort to the potentially unsafe use of temporary
electric heaters or other methods of heat. This bill directs OTDA to
utilize the broadest possible number of income deductions, consistent
with federal eligibility standards in determining a qualifying income.
This will help insure that many people who are very close to the
current income standards will be eligible to receive existing help in
keeping their power on, especially during frigid Northeast winters.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state. LIHEAP is a federally funded
block grant program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and apply to
NY State HEAP plans filed after this January 15, 2015.


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

                                  6665

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to  the  low-income
  home energy assistance program

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 97 of the social services law,  as
added by chapter 785 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  The  [department] OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE is
authorized to develop and submit to the  governor  the  application  and
plan  required  by title twenty-six of the federal omnibus budget recon-
ciliation act of nineteen hundred eighty-one, and to amend and  to  take
whatever  other  action  may  be  necessary  with  respect to such plan,
including, but not limited to, acting for the state in any  negotiations
relative  to  the  submission of such plan, and making such arrangements
and taking such action, not inconsistent with law, as may be required to
submit, implement, administer and operate such plan, and to  secure  for
the  state  the  benefits available under such act.  FOR PLANS SUBMITTED
AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, SUCH  OFFICE  SHALL  EVALUATE
INCOME  ELIGIBILITY  PURSUANT TO A DEFINITION OF NET INCOME, OR PURSUANT
TO A DEFINITION OF ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME WHICH INCORPORATES GROSS INCOME
REDUCTIONS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT CONSISTENT WITH FEDERAL PLAN  ELIGIBIL-
ITY REQUIREMENTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13778-01-4

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