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Low-income home energy assistance program.
Section 409.508, Florida Statutes 2007

409.508  Low-income home energy assistance program.--

(1)  As used in this section:

(a)  "Eligible household" means a household eligible for funds from the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, 42 U.S.C. ss. 8621 et seq.

(b)  "Home energy" means a source of heating or cooling in residential dwellings.

(c)  "Utility" means any person, corporation, partnership, municipality, cooperative, association, or other legal entity and its lessees, trustees, or receivers now or hereafter owning, operating, managing, or controlling any plant or other facility supplying electricity or natural gas to or for the public within this state, directly or indirectly, for compensation.

(2)  The Department of Community Affairs is designated as the state agency to administer the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, 42 U.S.C. ss. 8621 et seq. The Department of Community Affairs is authorized to provide home energy assistance benefits to eligible households which may be in the form of cash, vouchers, certificates, or direct payments to electric or natural gas utilities or other energy suppliers and operators of low-rent, subsidized housing in behalf of eligible households. Priority shall be given to eligible households having at least one elderly or handicapped individual and to eligible households with the lowest incomes.

(3)  Agreements may be established between electric or natural gas utility companies, other energy suppliers, the Department of Revenue, and the Department of Community Affairs for the purpose of providing payments to energy suppliers in the form of a credit against sales and use taxes due or direct payments to energy suppliers for services rendered to low-income, eligible households.

(4)  The Department of Community Affairs shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this act.

History.--ss. 3, 4, 6, ch. 80-167; s. 7, ch. 82-100; s. 70, ch. 83-218; s. 20, ch. 93-181.