Maine LD 249: An Act To Enable Seniors To Remain in Their Homes

LD 249 (subjects: ELDERLY , HOME-BASED CARE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=249&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Saviello of Franklin: (R – District 17) — e-mail

5 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 Senate Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending REFERENCE
2/5/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin REFERENCE to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/2/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (S-10) READ and ADOPTED ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/7/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-10).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/9/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/14/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-10).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/16/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/21/2015 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 555.
7/16/2015 House Carried over from the Special Appropriations Table to any special or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 555.
4/29/2016 Senate In possession of the Senate when the Senate ADJOURNED SINE DIE and PLACED IN THE LEGISLATIVE FILES (DEAD).

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 249 as originally introduced. L.D. 249 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-10) .

An Act To Enable Seniors To Remain in Their Homes

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 5 MRSA 13073-C is enacted to read:

13073-C. Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Program

1. Program established; administration. The Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Program, referred to in this section as “the program,” is established within the department to assist low-income residents of the State 65 years of age or older by facilitating housing improvements that allow them to remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age. The housing improvements include but are not limited to weatherization and improvements to meet the standards of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, to replace substandard fixtures and hardware and to reduce ongoing maintenance and heating costs. All funds received for this program must be deposited into the Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Fund established by subsection 3.
2. Eligibility. Only residents of the State 65 years of age or older eligible for the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program administered through the United States Department of Health and Human Services are eligible for assistance under the program.
3. Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Fund created. The Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Fund, referred to in this section as “the fund,” is established to provide funding for the program. The fund is a dedicated, nonlapsing fund, and all revenues deposited in the fund remain in the fund and must be disbursed in accordance with subsection 4.
4. Distribution of the fund. The department shall disburse money from the fund to a statewide network that provides weatherization and home repair services, including but not limited to repairs to meet the standards of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, to replace substandard fixtures and hardware and to reduce ongoing maintenance and heating costs, to low-income residents of the State.
5. Reporting. A member of the network who receives money from the fund in accordance with subsection 4 shall report annually to the department on the use of the money, including the number of houses improved, the number of residents in those houses and the amounts of other funds leveraged.

Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF

Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Program

Initiative: Provides funds for the statewide Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Program.

GENERAL FUND 2015-16 2016-17
All Other
$750,000 $750,000
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GENERAL FUND TOTAL $750,000 $750,000

SUMMARY

This bill establishes the Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Program in the Department of Economic and Community Development to assist low-income seniors in remaining in their homes. It also establishes the Home Weatherization and Repair for Seniors Fund and appropriates money to the fund. The department is required to disburse money from the fund to a statewide network that provides weatherization and home repair services, including but not limited to repairs to meet the standards of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, to replace substandard fixtures and hardware and to reduce ongoing maintenance and heating costs, to low-income residents of the State.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 249 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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