Your Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform , to which was referred House Bill 1261 , has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the House with the recommendation that said bill be amended as follows:
programs and money received under 7 U.S.C. 612, 7 U.S.C.
7501 et seq., and 42 U.S.C. 9922 et seq.
(6) Migrant and farm worker programs and money under 20 U.S.C. 6391 et seq., 29 U.S.C. 49 et seq., and 42 U.S.C. 1397 et seq.
(7) Emergency shelter grant programs and money under 42 U.S.C. 11371 et seq.
(8) Shelter plus care programs and money under 42 U.S.C. 11403 et seq.
source of heating or cooling in residential dwellings.
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "home energy supplier" means a person, including a trustee or receiver appointed by a court, engaged in the furnishing or selling of home energy in Indiana.
Sec. 6. The home energy assistance programs must provide assistance, including emergency assistance, to low income households in Indiana to:
(1) defray home energy costs; and
(2) provide assistance to low income households;
for home energy conservation measures.
Sec. 7. The lieutenant governor shall do the following:
(1) Administer an appropriation made for the purposes specified in section 7 of this chapter.
(2) Receive and administer money that may be available to the state for energy and conservation assistance from the federal government.
(3) Establish criteria to determine eligibility for assistance under this chapter.
Sec. 8. The lieutenant governor may determine the amount of assistance that an eligible household may receive.
Sec. 9. (a) The criteria for determining the amount of assistance may include the following:
(1) The age of an applicant for assistance.
(2) Whether the applicant is employed.
(3) Household income during the past one hundred eighty (180) days.
(4) Household size.
(5) Type of fuel used for primary heating or cooling.
(6) The need for assistance.
(8) The age and energy efficiency of the applicant's dwelling and heating plant.
(b) Unless prohibited by federal law, the criteria for determining the amount of assistance must include a consideration of an applicant's housing status. The lieutenant governor shall give weight to an applicant's housing status in the following order, from greatest weight to least weight:
(1) An applicant who resides in nonsubsidized housing.
supplier or an agency of state or local government or may contract
with another public or private agency to do the following:
(1) Disseminate information about the program.
(2) Receive or aid in the preparation of applications for assistance.
(3) Assist in determining eligibility for assistance.
Sec. 12. An application must be made on standardized forms provided by the lieutenant governor and in accordance with procedures established by the lieutenant governor.
Sec. 13. The lieutenant governor shall establish methods for providing assistance to eligible households. Methods may include the following:
(1) Direct payments by cash or check to eligible households.
(2) Direct vendor payments.
(3) Lines of credit to home energy suppliers.
(4) The use of coupons and vouchers redeemable by the state.
Sec. 14. The lieutenant governor may require the following:
(1) A home energy supplier to accept vendor payments, lines of credit, or coupons and vouchers as full or partial payment for the cost of home energy consumed by eligible households.
(2) An operator of residential housing units to accept vendor payments or coupons and vouchers as full or partial payment of rent by eligible households making undesignated payments for home energy costs in the form of rent payments.
Sec. 15. The lieutenant governor shall establish procedures for the conduct of hearings and appeals upon request from applicants who have been denied assistance.
Sec. 16. A recipient may not transfer or assign assistance under this chapter except as allowed by the lieutenant governor.
Sec. 17. The lieutenant governor may recover from a recipient the amount of assistance that the lieutenant governor determines the recipient was not entitled to receive.
Sec. 18. If a recipient obtained excessive assistance fraudulently, the recipient shall pay a penalty equal to twenty percent (20%) of the excessive assistance.
Sec. 19. A claim under this chapter may be recovered from the recipient or the recipient's estate by civil action and is a preferred claim against the estate of a recipient under IC 29-1-14-9(6).
including the need for health services, energy assistance,
nutritious food, housing, and employment related
(F) remove obstacles and solve problems that block the achievement of self-sufficiency;
(G) achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community; and
(H) make more effective use of other programs related to the purposes of this chapter;
(33) to provide on an emergency basis for the provision of supplies, nutritious foodstuffs, and related services that are necessary to counteract conditions of starvation and malnutrition among the poor;
(34) to coordinate and establish linkages between governmental and other social services programs to ensure the effective delivery of services to low income individuals;
(35) to encourage the use of entities in the private sector of the community in efforts to ameliorate poverty in the community;
(36) to coordinate the provision of available services for migrant farmworkers;
(37) to study housing conditions and needs throughout Indiana to determine in what areas congested and unsanitary housing conditions constitute a menace to the health, safety, welfare, and reasonable comfort of citizens;
(38) to recommend programs for correcting the causes of poverty;
(39) to collect and distribute information relative to housing;
(40) to investigate all matters affecting the cost of construction or production of dwellings;
(41) to study means of lowering rents of dwellings through economy in the construction and arrangement of buildings;
(42) to recommend the areas within which or adjacent to which the construction of housing projects by housing authorities may be undertaken;
(43) to cooperate with local housing officials and plan commissions in the development of projects that the officials or commissions have under consideration;
(44) to make special studies and recommendations for the
rehabilitation of areas affected by floods or other disasters;
(45) to administer energy assistance programs and any appropriation made for the purpose of providing energy assistance;
(46) to receive and administer money that may be available to the state for energy and conservation assistance from the federal government;
(47) to establish criteria to determine eligibility for energy assistance;
(48) to administer the low income home weatherization programs;
(49) to provide community services, crime prevention, and job training (as defined in IC 6-3.1-9-1);
(50) to take actions necessary to implement its powers that the authority determines to be appropriate and necessary to ensure the availability of state or federal financial assistance; and
(51) to administer any program or money designated by the state or available from the federal government or other sources that is consistent with the authority's powers and duties.".
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and when so amended that said bill do pass.