Amendment #55 to H.3700

LIHEAP Forward Funding

Mr. Dempsey move that the bill be amended by inserting the following item in section 2A:-



7004-1000………………For the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 42 U.S.C. section 8621 et seq., to assist low-income elders, working families and other households with the purchase of heating oil, propane, natural gas, electricity and other primary or secondary heating sources; provided, that expenditure of these funds shall be made in accordance with the state plan submitted by the department of housing and community development for operation of the fiscal year 2014 program, in accordance with federal law; provided further, that the department shall establish the maximum assistance for which a household shall be eligible commensurate with the increased funding provided in this item......................................................$20,000,000



And also moves to amend the bill by inserting, the following section:-



SECTION. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of housing and community development may provide not more than $20,000,000, as provided for in item 7004-1000, in advance funding to participating agencies that administer the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program described in item 7004-2033 of section 2D of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013 for the purposes of operating the program in fiscal year 2014; provided, that the advanced funding shall be subject to the federal reimbursement of funds under said item 7004-2033 of said section 2D; provided further, that a portion may be expended for approved administrative costs consistent with the current or prior year’s state operation plan required by the federal program. The department and the eligible entities may, after November 1, 2013, expend a portion of these funds to assist low-income elders, working families and other households with the purchase of heating oil, propane and natural gas and electricity and other primary or secondary heating sources.



(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, upon receipt of $20,000,000 of federal funds for the administration of the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program pursuant to item 7004-2033 of section 2D of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013 and prior to complying with the provisions of said item 7004-2033 of said section 2D, the Comptroller shall transfer such amount from the General Fund to the Stabilization Fund. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the full expenditure of the program described by said item 7004-2033 of said section 2D of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013 shall not exceed $133,623,245 in state fiscal year 2014.