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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.