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 Bill Status of HB0465  94th General Assembly


House Sponsors
Rep. Marlow H. Colvin

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/9/2007HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
220 ILCS 5/5-108.1 new
220 ILCS 5/8-207.2 new
220 ILCS 5/8-207.5 new
220 ILCS 5/8-306 new
305 ILCS 20/3from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1403
305 ILCS 20/4from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1404
305 ILCS 20/4.5 new
305 ILCS 20/5from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1405
305 ILCS 20/8from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1408
305 ILCS 20/13

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that every public utility that provides gas or electric service to residential customers as primary or secondary sources of heating must report all of the following information annually in writing to the Illinois Commerce Commission: (1) the number of accounts that are past due each month, (2) the aggregate amount of past due balances each month, (3) the number of disconnection notices issued to residential customers each month, (4) the number of residential customers disconnected each month, (5) the number of LIHEAP households reconnected each month, (6) the number of residential customers eligible for emergency services under the Energy Assistance Act each year, and (7) the aggregate amount of arrears that are written off as bad business debt each year. Requires a utility to reconnect service to LIHEAP households whose service was disconnected for nonpayment if the consumer (i) pays 20% of the outstanding bill for the household or $250, whichever is less or (ii) agrees to a payment plan negotiated with the public utility by the local area agency on behalf of the consumer. Requires an electric or gas public utility to participate in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan established under the Energy Assistance Act and establish and implement an arrearage reduction program for consumers who are participating in the Plan. Provides that, if a public utility writes off an uncollectible account arrearage as a bad business debt on its State or federal income tax return, the utility shall cease all collection activities for that debt and write the indebtedness off of its books. Amends the Energy Assistance Act. Changes references to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to the Department of Public Aid pursuant to the transfer of powers and duties under Executive Order 3 (2004). Requires the Department of Public Aid to institute a Percentage of Income Payment Plan to ensure the affordability of heating service to low income Illinois residents. Requires that the Plan be in operation by September 1, 2005. Authorizes the Department to enter into contracts and other agreements with local agencies for the purpose of administering the Plan. Provides that monies in the Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund be used to fund the Plan. Effective immediately.

DateChamber Action
  1/26/2005HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Marlow H. Colvin
  1/27/2005HouseFirst Reading
  1/27/2005HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/2/2005HouseAssigned to Executive Committee
  3/10/2005HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  1/9/2007HouseSession Sine Die

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