Bill Text: TX HB4155 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to low income individuals who cannot afford to make repairs and upgrades to appliances.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-25 - Referred to Energy Resources [HB4155 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4155-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Anchia H.B. No. 4155
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to low income individuals who cannot afford to make
  repairs and upgrades to appliances.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle A, Title 3, Utilities Code, is amended
  by adding Chapter 106 to read as follows:
 
  CHAPTER 106. GAS CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE
         Sec. 106.0001.  DEFINITION. In this chapter, "commission"
  means the railroad commission.
         Sec. 106.0002.  GAS CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE ACCOUNT; FEE.  (a)  
  The gas customer assistance account is an account in the general
  revenue fund.
         (b)  Money in the account may be appropriated only to the
  commission to provide funding for gas utility programs authorized
  by Section 106.0003.
         (c)  Interest earned on the gas customer assistance account
  shall be credited to the fund.
         (d)  The gas customer assistance account is financed by a fee
  imposed by the commission on customers of gas distribution
  utilities and deposited into the gas customer assistance account.
  The fee may be a set amount or may be based on the volume of gas
  purchased by customers.
         (e)  The commission shall set the amount of the fee by rule.
         Sec. 106.0003.  GAS CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. (a)  A gas
  utility may establish a customer assistance program to provide
  grants to low-income customers of the utility for repairing or
  upgrading gas appliances or gas pipes.
         (b)  The commission by rule shall adopt:
               (1)  criteria for a gas utility program to be eligible
  to receive money from the gas customer assistance account; and
               (2)  procedures for providing money from the gas
  customer assistance account to a participating gas utility.
         (c)  For the purposes of this section, "low-income customer"
  means an individual in whose name gas utility service is billed who:
               (1)  is a member of a household with a total annual
  income that is below 125 percent of the applicable income level
  established by the federal poverty guidelines; or
               (2)  receives assistance from:
                     (A)  the financial assistance program established
  under Chapter 31, Human Resources Code;
                     (B)  the medical assistance program under Chapter
  32, Human Resources Code;
                     (C)  the supplemental nutrition assistance
  program established under Chapter 33, Human Resources Code;
                     (D)  the federal special supplemental nutrition
  program for women, infants, and children authorized by 42 U.S.C.
  Section 1786; or
                     (E)  the child health plan program under Chapter
  62, Health and Safety Code.
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