SENATE DOCKET, NO. 806        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 807

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Mark C. Montigny

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide sewer and water rate relief.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

 

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

1/29/2019

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

1/30/2019

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

1/30/2019

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

1/31/2019

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

1/31/2019

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

1/31/2019

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

2/1/2019

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

2/1/2019

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

2/1/2019

Carlos González

10th Hampden

2/1/2019

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

2/4/2019

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 806        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 807

By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 807) of Mark C. Montigny, Mathew J. Muratore, Ryan C. Fattman, Michael O. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a low-income sewer and water assistance program .  Housing.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 730 OF 2017-2018.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to provide sewer and water rate relief.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding any general or specific law to the contrary, section 24B of chapter 23B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following new text:-

Section 24B. The department shall, subject to appropriation, operate a low-income sewer and water assistance program to provide assistance in paying the sewer and water bills of homeowners who are eligible for the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program, so called, created by the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Act, 42 United States Code sections 8621 et seq., or any successor acts thereto.  Said program may be administered in coordination with the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Act, 42 United States Code sections 8621 et seq., or any successor acts thereto, subject to the following provisions: shall establish benefit rates and maximum benefits such that total benefits paid do not exceed the amount appropriated for this benefit;

(a) the department shall use the same grantee agencies, similar applications and similar verification procedures as are used in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, to the maximum extent possible. Grantee agencies shall utilize a reasonable percentage of any funds appropriated, not exceeding 10 per cent of such funds, for administrative costs of the program.

(b) the benefit level provided to any individual household eligible under this program shall not be greater than 25 per cent of the total annual water and sewer bill for the household; provided, however, that the department shall establish benefit rates and maximum benefits such that total benefits paid do not exceed the amount appropriated for this benefit.

(c) households which receive benefits under this program shall not unreasonably refuse to cooperate with any demand-side water conservation programs which are provided at no expense to the household by any local agency or authority.