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  • NJ A1210
  • Provides $21 minimum annual energy assistance to qualified families; qualifies families to receive additional nutritional assistance.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would provide that every household in the State that is eligible to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shall receive a minimum annual energy assistance payment of $21 in order to qualify the household for a heating and cooling standard utility allowance under the SNAP program, unless the standard utility allowance would have been unavailable to the household under the State and federal criteria for SNAP and any applicable energy assistance programs that were in place as of July 1, 2013. This annual payment is to be disbursed in accordance with the provisions of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other energy assistance program for which the household is eligible, as applicable. Any costs associated with increasing LIHEAP payments shall first be charged to the unexpended balance of federal funds available for the LIHEAP program, to the extent permitted by federal law and regulation. Under the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, households that qualify for energy assistance must receive more than $20 in annual energy assistance payments in order to maintain the household's eligibility for the standard utility allowance under SNAP, which provides added SNAP benefits. This bill would ensure that every household in the State that currently receives these added SNAP benefits will continue to receive them.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Gov Recommendations, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Human Services, Passed both Houses
2nd Reading in the Assembly on Concur. w/Gov.'s Recommend.  (on 5/12/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
5/12/2016 A 2nd Reading in the Assembly on Concur. w/Gov.'s Recommend.
5/12/2016 A First Reading/Governor Recommendations Only
5/12/2016 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly
3/14/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (35-3)
3/14/2016 S Substituted for S650
3/14/2016 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
3/14/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (53-21-2)
3/7/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/7/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/3/2016 A Transferred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 35 3 2
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S650 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/14/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 53 21 6
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 8 2 1