OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7295

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE RENTERS REBATE PROGRAM.

SUMMARY

This bill extends the payment period for the rental rebate program for the elderly and people with total and permanent disabilities. It does so by (1) delaying, from September 30 to October 15, the date by which the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary must prepare a list of approved program applications and forward them to the comptroller for payment and (2) eliminating the requirement that OPM approve rental rebate program payments within 120 days of receiving applications. By law, (1) renters may apply for the program from April 1 through October 1 of each year and (2) the comptroller must draw an order on the state treasurer no later than 15 days after receiving the list of approved payments from OPM.

The bill also eliminates a provision allowing renters to apply for an extension of the application period by December 15 of the claim year. Current law authorizes OPM to grant an extension for good cause or for people medically certified as having been ill or incapacitated because of extenuating circumstances.

Lastly, the bill eliminates references to duplicate and triplicate copies of the rental rebate certificates and applications assessors submit to OPM. Under current practice, assessors electronically submit these documents to OPM.

The bill also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

21

Nay

0

(03/24/2017)