Assembly Bill A8612

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Establishes an emergency heating energy assistance program benefit

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-A8612 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Rules
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add §98, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A9121

2023-A8612 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes an emergency heating energy assistance program benefit to provide emergency assistance to certain households where such household is threatened with shut-off or an energy emergency due to nonpayment.

2023-A8612 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8612
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 12, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. SOLAGES, SIMON, WALLACE, OTIS, ARDILA, LUPARDO --
   read once and referred to the Committee on Social Services
 
 AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing an
   emergency heating energy assistance program benefit
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section  1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
 98 to read as follows:
   § 98. EMERGENCY HEATING ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFIT. 1.    DEFI-
 NITIONS.  FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL
 HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   (A) "COMMISSIONER" SHALL MEAN THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF TEMPO-
 RARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE.
   (B) "HEAP" SHALL MEAN THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM,
 AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION NINETY-SEVEN OF THIS TITLE AND REQUIRED BY TITLE
 26 OF THE FEDERAL OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1981.
   2.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  A STATE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE AN
 EMERGENCY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFIT TO HOUSEHOLDS  ELIGIBLE
 FOR  A LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WHERE SUCH HOUSEHOLD IS
 THREATENED WITH SHUT-OFF OR AN ENERGY EMERGENCY DUE TO NONPAYMENT.
   3. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A BENEFIT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION,  THE  APPLI-
 CANT SHALL DOCUMENT THAT HE OR SHE:
   (A)  RECEIVES A REGULAR HEAP BENEFIT WHICH IS INSUFFICIENT OR UNAVAIL-
 ABLE TO AMELIORATE THE EMERGENCY; AND
   (B) (I) IS CURRENTLY WITHOUT HEATING FUEL; OR
   (II) HAS A HEATING FUEL SUPPLY THAT WILL LAST LESS THAN SEVEN CALENDAR
 DAYS; OR
   (III) HAS HAD HEAT-RELATED UTILITY SERVICE DISCONNECTED; OR
   (IV) HAS HEAT-RELATED UTILITY SERVICE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE  FOR  DISCON-
 NECTION; OR
   (V) IS EXPERIENCING AN ENERGY EMERGENCY DUE TO:
   (1)  HAVING  HEAT-RELATED UTILITY SERVICE ARREARS MORE THAN SIXTY DAYS
 IN ARREARS; OR
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD01615-01-3
              

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