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CSSB 4002(FIN) am: "An Act relating to grants from the renewable energy grant fund; amending the bulk fuel bridge loan fund and the bulk fuel revolving loan fund; amending the power cost equalization program, repealing the exclusion from eligibility for power cost equalization for certain power projects that take their power from hydroelectric facilities, and amending the definition of 'eligible electric utility' as it applies to the power cost equalization program and the grant program for small power projects for utility improvements; relating to establishing a gas pipeline development fund in the Department of Revenue; establishing the Alaska resource rebate program and relating to that program; relating to heating assistance; and providing for an effective date."

00                     CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 4002(FIN) am                                                                 
01 "An Act relating to grants from the renewable energy grant fund; amending the bulk                                      
02 fuel bridge loan fund and the bulk fuel revolving loan fund; amending the power cost                                    
03 equalization program, repealing the exclusion from eligibility for power cost                                           
04 equalization for certain power projects that take their power from hydroelectric                                        
05 facilities, and amending the definition of 'eligible electric utility' as it applies to the                             
06 power cost equalization program and the grant program for small power projects for                                      
07 utility improvements; relating to establishing a gas pipeline development fund in the                                   
08 Department of Revenue; establishing the Alaska resource rebate program and relating                                     
09 to that program; relating to heating assistance; and providing for an effective date."                                  
10 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
11    * Section 1. AS 29.60.660(c) is amended to read:                                                                   
12            (c)  Loans made from the bulk fuel bridge loan fund to one borrower in a fiscal                              
01       year                                                                                                              
02                 (1)  may not exceed $750,000 [$500,000]; and                                                        
03                 (2)  shall be repaid within one year after the date of the award.                                       
04    * Sec. 2. AS 42.45.045(e), as enacted in sec. 3, ch. 31, SLA 2008, is amended to read:                             
05            (e)  In consultation with the advisory committee established in (i) of this                                  
06       section, the authority shall make recommendations to the legislature regarding eligible                           
07       applicants' projects that finance feasibility studies, reconnaissance studies, energy                             
08       resource monitoring, and construction of renewable energy projects, alternative                               
09       energy projects, natural gas projects, or transmission or distribution infrastructure                         
10       located in Alaska that meet the requirements of (f), (g), [OR] (h), or (m) of this                            
11       section, as applicable, and shall, at least once each year, solicit from the advisory                             
12       committee funding recommendations for all grants.                                                                 
13    * Sec. 3. AS 42.45.045, as enacted in sec. 3, ch. 31, SLA 2008, is amended by adding a new                         
14 subsection to read:                                                                                                     
15            (m)  For an alternative energy project to qualify for a grant recommendation                                 
16       under (e) of this section, the project must be a                                                                  
17                 (1)  new project not in operation on the effective date of this bill section                            
18       or an addition to an existing project made after the effective date of this bill section;                         
19       and                                                                                                               
20                 (2)  facility that generates energy or fuel that is less expensive, more                                
21       efficient, or has a less adverse effect on the environment than the energy or fuel that                           
22       was previously used by a community.                                                                               
23    * Sec. 4. AS 42.45.110(c) is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                       
24            (c)  The amount of power costs for which equalization is paid to an electric                                 
25       utility is the difference between                                                                                 
26                 (1)  10 cents a kilowatt-hour; and                                                                      
27                 (2)  the lowest of the following:                                                                       
28                      (A)  $1.15 a kilowatt-hour;                                                                        
29                      (B)  power costs as determined by the commission under (a) of                                      
30            this section; or                                                                                             
31                      (C)  the average rate for each eligible kilowatt-hour sold.                                        
01    * Sec. 5. AS 42.45.110(c), as repealed and reenacted by sec. 4 of this Act, is repealed and                        
02 reenacted to read:                                                                                                      
03            (c)  The amount of power cost equalization provided for each kilowatt-hour                                   
04       under (b) of this section may not exceed 95 percent of the power costs, or the average                            
05       rate for each eligible kilowatt-hour sold, whichever is less, as determined by the                                
06       commission. However,                                                                                              
07                 (1)  during the state fiscal year that began July 1, 1999, the power costs                              
08       for which power cost equalization were paid to an electric utility were limited to                                
09       minimum power costs of more than 12 cents a kilowatt-hour and less than 52.5 cents a                              
10       kilowatt-hour; and                                                                                                
11                 (2)  during each following state fiscal year, the commission shall adjust                               
12       the power costs for which power cost equalization may be paid to an electric utility                              
13       based on the weighted average retail residential rate in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and                                
14       Juneau; however, the commission may not adjust the power costs under this paragraph                               
15       to reduce the amount below the lower limit set out in (1) of this subsection.                                     
16    * Sec. 6. AS 42.45.110 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                               
17            (j)  The power cost equalization for each kilowatt-hour calculated under (c) of                              
18       this section may be determined for a utility without historical kilowatt-hour sales data                          
19       by using kilowatt-hours generated.                                                                                
20            (k)  Notwithstanding (c) of this section, an electric utility shall receive not less                         
21       than five cents a kilowatt-hour in power cost equalization under (b)(2) of this section.                          
22    * Sec. 7. AS 42.45.150(2) is amended to read:                                                                      
23                 (2)  "eligible electric utility" or "electric utility" means a public,                                  
24       cooperative, or other corporation, company, individual, or association of individuals,                            
25       and includes the lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by a court, that                                       
26                      [(A)]  owns, operates, manages, or controls a plant or system for                                  
27            the furnishing, by generation, transmission, or distribution, of electric service                            
28            to the public for compensation [;                                                                            
29                      (B)  DURING CALENDAR YEAR 1983, HAD A                                                              
30            RESIDENTIAL CONSUMPTION LEVEL OF POWER ELIGIBLE FOR                                                          
31            POWER COST EQUALIZATION UNDER FORMER AS 44.83 OF LESS                                                        
01            THAN 7,500 MEGAWATT HOURS OR HAD A RESIDENTIAL                                                               
02            CONSUMPTION LEVEL OF POWER ELIGIBLE FOR POWER COST                                                           
03            EQUALIZATION UNDER FORMER AS 44.83 OF LESS THAN 15,000                                                       
04            MEGAWATT HOURS IF THE UTILITY SERVED TWO OR MORE                                                             
05            MUNICIPALITIES OR UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES; AND                                                            
06                      (C)  DURING CALENDAR YEAR 1984, USED DIESEL                                                        
07            FIRED GENERATORS TO PRODUCE MORE THAN 75 PERCENT OF                                                          
08            THE ELECTRICAL CONSUMPTION OF THE UTILITY; AN ELECTRIC                                                       
09            UTILITY THAT IS A SUBSIDIARY OF ANOTHER ELECTRIC UTILITY                                                     
10            IS AN "ELIGIBLE ELECTRIC UTILITY" IF THE OPERATIONS OF THE                                                   
11            SUBSIDIARY, CONSIDERED SEPARATELY, MEET THE ELIGIBILITY                                                      
12            REQUIREMENTS OF AS 42.45.100 - 42.45.150; IF AN ELECTRIC                                                     
13            UTILITY DID NOT RECEIVE POWER COST ASSISTANCE IN 1983 BUT                                                    
14            IS OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FOR POWER COST EQUALIZATION                                                            
15            UNDER AS 42.45.100 - 42.45.150, THE UTILITY IS AN "ELIGIBLE                                                  
16            ELECTRIC UTILITY"];                                                                                          
17    * Sec. 8. AS 42.45.150(2), as amended by sec. 7 of this Act, is amended to read:                                   
18                 (2)  "eligible electric utility" or "electric utility" means a public,                                  
19       cooperative, or other corporation, company, individual, or association of individuals,                            
20       and includes the lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by a court, that                                       
21                      (A)  owns, operates, manages, or controls a plant or system for                                
22            the furnishing, by generation, transmission, or distribution, of electric service                            
23            to the public for compensation;                                                                          
24                      (B)  during calendar year 1983, had a residential                                              
25            consumption level of power eligible for power cost equalization under                                    
26            former AS 44.83 of less than 7,500 megawatt-hours or had a residential                                   
27            consumption level of power eligible for power cost equalization under                                    
28            former AS 44.83 of less than 15,000 megawatt-hours if the utility served                                 
29            two or more municipalities or unincorporated communities; and                                            
30                      (C)  during calendar year 1984, used diesel-fired generators                                   
31            to produce more than 75 percent of the electrical consumption of the                                     
01            utility; an electric utility that is a subsidiary of another electric utility is an                      
02            "eligible electric utility" if the operations of the subsidiary, considered                              
03            separately, meet the eligibility requirements of AS 42.45.100 - 42.45.150; if                            
04            an electric utility did not receive power cost assistance in 1983 but is                                 
05            otherwise eligible for power cost equalization under AS 42.45.100 -                                      
06            42.45.150, the utility is an "eligible electric utility";                                                
07    * Sec. 9. AS 42.45.250(e) is amended to read:                                                                      
08            (e)  Loans made from the bulk fuel revolving loan fund to one borrower in any                                
09       fiscal year                                                                                                       
10                 (1)  may not exceed $750,000 [$500,000], or, if the borrower is a                                   
11       cooperative corporation organized under AS 10.15 or an electric cooperative                                       
12       organized under AS 10.25 and uses the loan to purchase bulk fuel on behalf of more                                
13       than one community, may not exceed the lesser of $750,000 [$500,000] multiplied by                            
14       the number of communities on whose behalf the bulk fuel is to be purchased, or                                    
15       $1,800,000;                                                                                                       
16                 (2)  shall be repaid in one year or less; and                                                           
17                 (3)  may not exceed 90 percent of the wholesale price of the fuel                                       
18       purchased.                                                                                                        
19    * Sec. 10. AS 43.98 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                    
20            Sec. 43.98.030. Gas pipeline development fund. (a) A gas pipeline                                          
21       development fund is established in the Department of Revenue as a separate fund to                                
22       finance a gas pipeline project in the state.                                                                      
23            (b)  The Department of Revenue shall administer the fund as a fund distinct                                  
24       from other funds in the Department of Revenue. The fund consists of                                               
25                 (1)  money appropriated to the fund by the legislature to provide for                                   
26       development of a gas pipeline as determined by the legislature;                                                   
27                 (2)  gifts, bequests, contributions from other sources, and federal                                     
28       money;                                                                                                            
29                 (3)  interest earned on the fund balance; and                                                           
30                 (4)  investments to be managed by the Department of Revenue, which                                      
31       shall be the fiduciary of the fund under AS 37.10.071.                                                            
01            (c)  The fund is not a dedicated fund.                                                                       
02    * Sec. 11. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska enacted in sec. 1(b), ch. 31, SLA 2008,                       
03 is amended to read:                                                                                                     
04            (b)  It is the intent of the legislature that each year for the next five years                              
05       $50,000,000 in capital funds be appropriated to fund renewable energy projects                                
06       recommended by the Alaska Energy Authority as described in AS 42.45.045(f) and                                
07       sec. [SECS. 3 AND] 6 of this Act.                                                                             
08    * Sec. 12. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska enacted in sec. 6, ch. 31, SLA 2008, is                       
09 amended to read:                                                                                                        
10            RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANTS DURING STATE FISCAL YEAR 2009.                                                       
11       (a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, from an appropriation made under the                                
12       statement of intent set out in sec. 1(b) of this Act, the Alaska Energy Authority shall                           
13       distribute grants to applicants determined by the authority and that meet the criteria in                         
14       AS 42.45.045(f) - (h) and (m) [, ADDED BY SEC. 3 OF THIS ACT,] based on the                                   
15       procedure described in (b) of this section.                                                                       
16            (b)  For administering grants under AS 42.45.045(f) - (h) and (m) [, ADDED                               
17       BY SEC. 3 OF THIS ACT,] for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, notwithstanding                                 
18       AS 42.45.045(d), (e), and (i) - (l), added by sec. 3 of this Act,                                                 
19                 (1)  the Alaska Energy Authority shall submit to the Legislative Budget                                 
20       and Audit Committee for review a revised program setting out the proposed grants;                                 
21                 (2)  45 days shall elapse before commencement of expenditures under                                     
22       the revised program unless the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee earlier                                     
23       recommends otherwise;                                                                                             
24                 (3)  should the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee recommend                                        
25       within the 45-day period that the Alaska Energy Authority not award the grants as set                             
26       out in the revised program, the Alaska Energy Authority shall again review the grant                              
27       applications and, if the Alaska Energy Authority determines to authorize the                                      
28       expenditures, the Alaska Energy Authority shall provide the Legislative Budget and                                
29       Audit Committee with a statement of the Alaska Energy Authority's reasons before                                  
30       commencement of expenditures making the approved grants.                                                          
31    * Sec. 13. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
01 read:                                                                                                                   
02       ALASKA RESOURCE REBATE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED. Because the recent                                                    
03 high cost of energy has simultaneously burdened consumers and provided additional revenue                               
04 to the state, the Alaska resource rebate program is established to provide residents with                               
05 resource rebates under sec. 14 of this Act to help offset those energy costs and to provide                             
06 persons with emergency energy relief under sec. 15 of this Act.                                                         
07    * Sec. 14. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
08 read:                                                                                                                   
09       RESOURCE REBATES. (a) To provide residents of the state with a resource rebate,                                   
10 the amount of the 2008 permanent fund dividend shall be increased. After calculating the                                
11 amount of the 2008 dividend under AS 43.23.025, the commissioner of revenue shall add                                   
12 $500 to determine the total amount of that dividend.                                                                    
13       (b)  A veteran or the spouse or dependent of a living or deceased veteran who did not                             
14 apply for the 2008 permanent fund dividend and is eligible for veterans' benefits under 38                              
15 U.S.C. 1315, 1513, 1521, 1541, and 1542 may apply to the Department of Revenue for a $500                               
16 Alaska resource rebate payment for 2008. The individual shall apply on a form provided by                               
17 the department not later than October 1, 2008, and shall demonstrate that the individual would                          
18 have been eligible to receive a 2008 permanent fund dividend under AS 43.23, except that the                            
19 individual did not apply for that dividend.                                                                             
20       (c)  A veteran or the spouse or dependent of a living or deceased veteran who is                                  
21 eligible for veterans' benefits under 38 U.S.C. 1315, 1513, 1521, 1541, and 1542 who is                                 
22 denied or receives reduced payments under those provisions or reduced health care benefits                              
23 solely because the $500 increase in the dividend under (a) of this section or the $500 payment                          
24 under (b) of this section received by the individual is counted as income is eligible for cash                          
25 assistance under AS 47.25.120 - 47.25.300 (general relief assistance). Notwithstanding the                              
26 limit in AS 47.25.130, the individual is entitled to receive the same amount as the individual                          
27 would have received under 38 U.S.C. 1315, 1513, 1521, 1541, and 1542 and as a health care                               
28 benefit as a result of being eligible under 38 U.S.C. 1315, 1513, 1521, 1541, and 1542, had                             
29 the $500 increase or payment not been received under (a) or (b) of this section.                                        
30       (d)  Subject to appropriation, the amount necessary for resource rebates to increase                              
31 2008 permanent fund dividends under (a) of this section shall be transferred from the general                           
01 fund to the dividend fund (AS 43.23.045).                                                                               
02    * Sec. 15. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
03 read:                                                                                                                   
04       EMERGENCY ENERGY RELIEF. (a) The Alaska Energy Authority shall provide                                            
05 persons with emergency energy relief payments to offset the cost of fuel or electricity used for                        
06 residences.                                                                                                             
07       (b)  Subject to (h) of this section, a person may receive an emergency energy relief                              
08 payment based on the amount that exceeds $3.00 a gallon that the person pays for each gallon                            
09 of heating oil or propane delivered September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, and                                      
10 September 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010, for a building in the state that is primarily used                           
11 for one or more residences. Payments may not be made for more than 850 gallons of heating                               
12 oil or propane used for a single family residence during September 1, 2008, through                                     
13 March 31, 2009, and 850 gallons of heating oil or propane for a single family residence                                 
14 during September 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010. Payments may not be made for more than                                
15 300 gallons of heating oil or propane for each unit in a multi-family building used for that                            
16 building during September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, and 300 gallons of heating oil or                            
17 propane for each unit in a multi-family building used for that building during September 1,                             
18 2009, through March 31, 2010.                                                                                           
19       (c)  A customer may receive an emergency energy relief credit from a natural gas                                  
20 supplier on the qualified distributor list prepared under (i) of this section. The credit is based                      
21 on the amount that exceeds $3.00 an Mcf that the customer pays for each Mcf of natural gas                              
22 delivered September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, and September 1, 2009, through                                     
23 March 31, 2010, for a building in the state that is primarily used for one or more residences.                          
24 The credit is limited to not more than 100 Mcf of natural gas used for a single family                                  
25 residence, or 50 Mcf of natural gas used for each unit in a multi-unit structure, during                                
26 September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, and not more than 100 Mcf used for a single                                  
27 family residence, or 50 Mcf used for each unit in a multi-unit structure, during September 1,                           
28 2009, through March 31, 2010. The natural gas supplier may submit to the authority its billing                          
29 statements for purchases of natural gas used to heat residences. The supplier shall also submit                         
30 customer and sales information that may be required by the authority with each billing                                  
31 statement so that the authority may determine the amount to pay directly to the supplier to be                          
01 treated by the supplier as a credit to the natural gas customer. Thirty days after submitting a                         
02 billing statement to the authority, the supplier may submit the statement to the customer for                           
03 payment of that portion not paid by the authority and appearing on the billing statement as an                          
04 emergency energy relief credit. For purposes of calculating the credit amount, the amount a                             
05 customer pays for natural gas is based on the actual cost to the customer, including taxes,                             
06 regulatory and other charges, and cost adjustments. In this subsection, "multi-unit structure"                          
07 means a residential building containing at least four separate dwelling units.                                          
08       (d)  A person who heats with electricity a building or dwelling unit in the state that is                         
09 primarily used for a residence may receive an emergency energy relief payment to reimburse                              
10 the person for amounts the person pays for costs of electricity for that residence. The amount                          
11 of reimbursement equals five cents a kilowatt-hour for the cost of up to 2,300 kilowatt-hours                           
12 each month of electricity purchased between September 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009, both                                 
13 inclusive, and for the cost of up to 2,300 kilowatt-hours each month of electricity purchased                           
14 between September 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, both inclusive, except that no                                           
15 reimbursement applies for the first 500 kilowatt-hours each month purchased during each of                              
16 those periods. To receive an emergency energy relief payment under this subsection, a person                            
17 shall provide proof that the building or dwelling unit is heated with electricity and shall meet                        
18 the requirements of (h) of this section.                                                                                
19       (e)  The amount of the payment or credit under (b), (c), or (d) of this section must                              
20 include an amount to reimburse the sales tax that the person paid for the fuel or electricity for                       
21 which the emergency energy relief payment or credit is made. The amount of reimbursement                                
22 for sales taxes included in the payment or credit must be based on the sales tax rate in effect                         
23 on the effective date of this section. A payment may not be made for fuel, and a credit may                             
24 not be given for electricity, used for a building owned by a governmental entity. A person                              
25 may apply for and receive more than one emergency energy relief payment or credit;                                      
26 however, a person may not receive a payment or credit for more than one type of fuel                                    
27 delivered or for electricity purchased September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, or for                                
28 more than one type of fuel delivered or electricity purchased September 1, 2009, through                                
29 March 31, 2010. If the authority estimates that appropriations to the authority are insufficient                        
30 to fully fund emergency energy relief, the authority may eliminate or reduce the payments and                           
31 credits under (b), (c), and (d) of this section on an equitable basis.                                                  
01       (f)  A landlord or lessor that receives a payment under (b) or (d) of this section or a                           
02 credit under (c) of this section shall pass on a benefit to the landlord's or lessor's tenant by                        
03 lowering the amount of rent by the amount attributable to the tenant's unit. A landlord or                              
04 lessor may retain up to 10 percent of the payment or credit otherwise required to be passed on                          
05 to the tenant to cover administrative costs. Failure to comply with the requirement of this                             
06 subsection is a violation of AS 45.50.471. The authority may audit the books and records of a                           
07 landlord or lessor for compliance with this subsection.                                                                 
08       (g)  The authority                                                                                                
09            (1)  shall administer this section, but may contract for the performance of some                             
10 or all of those administrative duties; AS 36.30 (State Procurement Code) does not apply to                              
11 contracts entered into by the authority under this paragraph;                                                           
12            (2)  may adopt regulations under AS 44.62 to implement this section.                                         
13       (h)  A person who is an individual is eligible to receive a payment under (b) or (d) of                           
14 this section only if the individual is a state resident under AS 01.10.055. In addition, to                             
15 receive a payment under (b) or (d) of this section, a person shall                                                      
16            (1)  apply, before July 1, 2010, for the payment on a form provided by the                                   
17 authority;                                                                                                              
18            (2)  if the person is applying for payment for heating oil or propane, provide,                              
19 with each application, proof of purchase of fuel from a qualified distributor on the list                               
20 prepared under (i) of this section;                                                                                     
21            (3)  if the person is applying for a payment for electricity, provide proof of                               
22 payment as required by the authority;                                                                                   
23            (4)  verify that the fuel is used for a building that is primarily used for one or                           
24 more residences, identify the building, and identify the number of residential units in the                             
25 building;                                                                                                               
26            (5)  verify that the building is not owned by a government entity;                                           
27            (6)  supply other information that may be required by the authority.                                         
28       (i)  A business or other entity that supplies fuel for use in residential buildings may                           
29 apply in a manner required by the authority for inclusion on the qualified distributor list                             
30 prepared and kept updated by the authority under this subsection. As a condition of becoming                            
31 a qualified distributor, the business or other entity must submit a signed statement to the                             
01 authority, under penalty of unsworn falsification, on a form or in a format prescribed by the                           
02 authority, that the business or other entity will not increase its price for fuel solely in response                    
03 to this section, and that the business's or other entity's pricing policy will remain consistent                        
04 with prior practices and be based on the same criteria, as though this section had not been                             
05 enacted. The authority may audit a qualified distributor's books and records to confirm that                            
06 the statement made under this subsection is complete and accurate. If the distributor                                   
07 reasonably believes a delivery of fuel is made to a building primarily used for one or more                             
08 residences, during September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, or during September 1, 2009,                              
09 through March 31, 2010, the distributor shall agree to identify the delivery as residential in a                        
10 manner prescribed by the authority. The distributor shall agree to submit to the authority its                          
11 billing statements for purchases of fuel for residences and related customer and sales                                  
12 information that may be requested by the authority from time to time. The distributor shall                             
13 provide other information required by the authority.                                                                    
14       (j)  A person aggrieved by a decision of the authority regarding the person's eligibility                         
15 to receive emergency energy relief under this section, other than a determination based on                              
16 insufficient funding for emergency energy relief, may request a hearing before the office of                            
17 administrative hearings established under AS 44.64.                                                                     
18       (k)  A person is liable to the state for the value of emergency energy relief improperly                          
19 paid or credited under this section if the improper payment or credit was based on inaccurate                           
20 or false information provided by the person. In a civil action brought by the state to recover                          
21 from the person the value of the emergency energy relief improperly paid or credited, the state                         
22 may recover from the person the costs of investigation and prosecution of the civil action,                             
23 including attorney fees as determined under court rules.                                                                
24       (l)  In determining the eligibility of an individual under a public assistance program                            
25 administered by the Department of Health and Social Services in which eligibility for                                   
26 assistance is based on financial need, the Department of Health and Social Services may not                             
27 consider a payment or credit under this section as income or resources received by the                                  
28 individual or by a member of the individual's household unless required to do so by federal                             
29 law. The Department of Health and Social Services shall notify all recipients of public                                 
30 assistance of the effects of receiving emergency energy relief.                                                         
31       (m)  An individual who is denied medical assistance under 42 U.S.C. 1396 - 1396v                                  
01 (Title XIX, Social Security Act) solely because of the receipt of a payment or credit under this                        
02 section by the individual or by a member of the individual's household is eligible for state-                           
03 funded medical assistance under AS 47.25.120 - 47.25.300 (general relief assistance). The                               
04 individual is entitled to receive, for a period not to exceed four months, the same level of                            
05 medical assistance as the individual would have received under 42 U.S.C. 1396 - 1396v had                               
06 the emergency energy relief not been received.                                                                          
07       (n)  An individual who is denied assistance solely because a payment or credit under                              
08 this section received by the individual or by a member of the individual's household is                                 
09 counted as income or resources under federal law is eligible for cash assistance under                                  
10 AS 47.25.120 - 47.25.300 (general relief assistance). Notwithstanding the limit in                                      
11 AS 47.25.130, the individual is entitled to receive, for a period not to exceed four months, the                        
12 same amount as the individual would have received under other public assistance programs                                
13 had the emergency energy relief not been received.                                                                      
14       (o)  A program that is established before the effective date of this section, that is                             
15 administered by the state or any of its instrumentalities or municipalities or by a Native                              
16 organization under AS 47.27.070, 47.27.200, or 47.27.300, and for which eligibility is based                            
17 on financial need may not consider a payment or credit under this section as income or                                  
18 resources unless required to do so by federal law.                                                                      
19       (p)  A veteran or the spouse or dependent of a living or deceased veteran who is                                  
20 denied or receives reduced disability payments solely because a payment or credit received                              
21 under this section by the individual is counted as income is eligible for cash assistance under                         
22 AS 47.25.120 - 47.25.300 (general relief assistance). Notwithstanding the limit in                                      
23 AS 47.25.130, the veteran or the spouse or dependent of a living or deceased veteran is                                 
24 entitled to receive the same amount as the individual would have received under 38 U.S.C.                               
25 1315, 1513, 1521, 1541, and 1542 had the emergency energy relief not been received.                                     
26       (q)  Notwithstanding any contrary provision of state law, a payment under this section                            
27 is exempt from levy, execution, garnishment, or any other remedy for debt collection until                              
28 after the payment has been received by the person. No other exemption applies to emergency                              
29 energy relief payments received under this section.                                                                     
30       (r)  A form provided by the authority under (h) of this section must include a warning                            
31 that the submission of incomplete or inaccurate information is punishable as unsworn                                    
01 falsification in the second degree under AS 11.56.210.                                                                  
02       (s)  A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if the person                                                    
03            (1)  uses heating oil, propane, or electricity, payment for which has been                                   
04 partially reimbursed with a payment under this section,                                                                 
05                 (A)  for a purpose other than use in a building that is primarily used for                              
06       one or more residences; or                                                                                        
07                 (B)  for a building that is owned by a governmental entity; or                                          
08            (2)  resells heating oil or propane, payment for which has been partially                                    
09 reimbursed with a payment under (b) of this section.                                                                    
10       (t)  In this section,                                                                                             
11            (1)  "authority" means the Alaska Energy Authority created under                                             
12 AS 44.83.020;                                                                                                           
13            (2)  "fuel" means heating oil, natural gas, or propane.                                                      
14    * Sec. 16. AS 42.45.110(k) is repealed June 30, 2010.                                                              
15    * Sec. 17. AS 42.45.115 is repealed.                                                                               
16    * Sec. 18. Sections 15(a) - (e), (g) - (i), (l) - (r), and (t) of this Act are repealed September 1,               
17 2010.                                                                                                                   
18    * Sec. 19. Sections 1 - 3 and 9 - 15 of this Act take effect immediately under                                     
19 AS 01.10.070(c).                                                                                                        
20    * Sec. 20. Sections 4, 6, 7, 16, and 17 of this Act take effect October 1, 2008.                                 
21    * Sec. 21. Sections 5 and 8 of this Act take effect June 30, 2010.