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A10156 Summary:

SPONSORRules (Conrad)
COSPNSRThiele, Colton
Amd 97, Soc Serv L
Provides for flexibility by the division of housing and community renewal in the funding of certain weatherization programs.
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A10156 Actions:

05/04/2022referred to social services
05/10/2022reported referred to ways and means
05/11/2022reported referred to rules
05/17/2022rules report cal.267
05/17/2022ordered to third reading rules cal.267
05/17/2022passed assembly
05/17/2022delivered to senate
05/24/2022SUBSTITUTED FOR S8980
05/24/20223RD READING CAL.1173
06/23/2022delivered to governor
06/30/2022signed chap.295
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A10156 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rules (Conrad)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to providing for flexibility in the funding of certain weatherization programs   PURPOSE: The bill would allow the Division of Housing and Community Renewal to direct Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to any public benefit corporation or authority under the Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) umbrella and expand the permissible uses of the funds to include weatherization or energy upgrades beyond what is explicitly permitted by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Weath- erization Assistance Program (WAP).   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would amend sub-paragraph a. of paragraph 5 of Section 97 of the social services law to allow the funds already allo- cated to the division of homes and community renewal to be allocated to any other public authority that is designated by the division. The amendments further permit the funds to be spent on "other low-cost resi- dential weatherization or energy-related home repair" beyond what is expressly set forth pursuant to the WAP, provided that such improvements or repairs are provided for in the annual New York State weatherization plan or are agreed to by OTDA. Section 2 of the bill would make it effective immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act requires an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This proposed bill will help HCR do its part to meet this goal by streamlining the way HCR administers funds to help low-income families reduce their energy costs and environmental footprints. Allowing the funds to be administered by any entity within HCR will allow the funds to be administered much more efficiently. In addition, allowing the funds to be spent on projects beyond what is permitted by WAP will provide much needed flexibility to ensure that the funds are being spent on the most effective projects to reduce green- house gas emissions and energy costs.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: N/A   EFFECTIVE DATE: The bill provides for an immediate effective date.
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A10156 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                       May 4, 2022
        Introduced  by  COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Conrad) --
          (at request of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal) -- read
          once and referred to the Committee on Social Services
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation  to  providing  for
          flexibility in the funding of certain weatherization programs

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 5 of section 97  of  the  social
     2  services  law, as amended by chapter 309 of the laws of 1996, is amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    a. No less than ten percent of the funds available to New  York  state
     5  under  the  federal  low-income  home energy assistance program shall be
     6  allocated to the division of housing and community renewal, the  housing
     7  trust  fund  corporation, or the housing finance agency as designated by
     8  the division of housing and community renewal for [its] the  weatheriza-
     9  tion  assistance program and [shall be expended as] other low-cost resi-
    10  dential weatherization or other energy-related home repair  for  low-in-
    11  come  households.   All such programs and expenditures shall be provided
    12  in the annual New York state  weatherization  assistance  program  state
    13  plan or by agreement with the office of temporary and disability assist-
    14  ance.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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