Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7295

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE RENTERS REBATE PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

3/24/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/22/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Committee on Planning & Development

REASONS FOR BILL:

HB 7295 will bring some minor revisions to the Renters Rebate Program. Further HB 7295 will bring the renters rebate program in line with changes enacted in the current budget and help the program works more efficiently.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Benjamin Barnes, Secretary, Office of Policy and Management State of Connecticut, (OPM):

Mr. Barnes of OPM is in support of HB 7295 he points out that PA 16-3, the May Special Session requires OPM to apply a percentage reduction to all claims under the renters rebate program to stay within available appropriations. Currently, applicants have six months to apply for the program, from April 1 thru October 1. OPM must prepare a list of certificates for payment by September 30. In order to accurately determine a percentage reduction OPM feels that there needs to be a sunset date set so that no additional applications are accepted after October 1.

OPM also points out that currently there is a conflict in the extended grant applications. The extension to the time allowed for filing applications, created by P.A. 12-69, and P.A. 12-15 extends the old final date for applications from September 15 to October 1 and increases the total reporting time to 6 months from the prior 4 month time limit. Additionally PA 13-234 adjusted the time frame that OPM is to provide the certified list of renters to the Comptroller from 90 days to 120 days after the applications have been received. In using this 120 day time line, if a renters' application was submitted to OPM on April 1, the Comptroller would have to be notified by OPM on July 30 and the renters rebate payment would have to be made by August 30. However, the language of CGS Sec.12-170f states that the secretary of OPM must provide a list of approved applications to the Comptroller no later than September 30th. Since the grant application period was extended two months, OPM would be forced to certify to the Comptroller and make payments before the application period actually ended. The proposed language in HB 7295, adjusts the payment schedule to reflect the change in the application deadline.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Robert G. Forrest

Date: 04/04/2017