SB 102: "An Act relating to certain payments made under the Alaska affordable heating program."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 102 01 "An Act relating to certain payments made under the Alaska affordable heating 02 program." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 47.25.623(d) is amended to read: 05 (d) Under the program authorized by AS 47.25.621 - 47.25.626, taking into 06 consideration the gross household income rates established in (a) of this section and 07 the base amounts to be calculated under (b) and (c) of this section, 08 (1) if insufficient money is appropriated to fully fund the Alaska 09 affordable heating payments during the fiscal year, the department 10 (A) shall, for the duration of that fiscal year, suspend 11 calculation and payment under (a)(3)(B) and (c) of this section and calculate 12 and pay all eligible individuals under (a)(3)(A) of this section on a pro rata 13 basis; and 14 (B) may, to the extent there is or may be an appropriation

01 balance surplus to the amount required to make all payments under (A) of this 02 paragraph, by regulation, establish at any time during the fiscal year a 03 prospective pro rata reduction of the payment rates that the department will 04 pay to eligible individuals under the program during that fiscal year qualifying 05 under (a)(3)(B) of this section and, thereafter, may provide for prorated 06 payments; and 07 (2) if the commissioner reasonably determines that the total of 08 appropriations from all sources during the fiscal year may exceed the amount required 09 to fully fund all applications for assistance for Alaska affordable heating payments, the 10 commissioner may expend the amount of excess money, not to exceed the total 11 amount of the appropriations, to carry out the purpose of AS 47.25.621 - 47.25.626; 12 under the authority of this paragraph, the commissioner shall distribute the estimated 13 excess money pro rata among individuals receiving assistance under this section 14 without regard to the limitations set out in the dollar value of the point formula 15 expressed in (c)(1) - (4) of this section.