Public Act 093-0285
Public Act 93-0285 of the 93rd General Assembly
Public Act 93-0285
SB1066 Enrolled LRB093 08059 DRJ 08260 b
AN ACT in relation to energy.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Good Samaritan Energy Plan Act.
Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Commerce and
"LIHEAP" means the energy assistance program established
under the Energy Assistance Act of 1989.
Section 10. Legislative findings. The General Assembly
finds that high electric and gas bill arrearages are a
serious problem for low-income utility consumers in Illinois,
often impeding access to service. The General Assembly also
finds that the inability to have electric or gas service
connected due to high arrearages is a threat to the health
and safety of many low-income households in Illinois. The
General Assembly further finds that eligibility for LIHEAP
does not alleviate the burden of high arrearages for
low-income utility consumers and is not enough to enable many
households to have electric or gas service connected.
Section 15. Good Samaritan Energy Trust Fund. The Good
Samaritan Energy Trust Fund is created as a special fund in
the State treasury. The Department shall administer the Fund.
The Department shall deposit moneys received from the
following sources into the Fund:
(1) Voluntary donations from individuals,
foundations, corporations, and other sources.
(2) Proceeds from fundraising events held for the
purpose of generating moneys for the Fund.
Section 20. Solicitation of contributions to Fund. The
Department may insert a fundraising letter requesting
voluntary contributions to the Fund in utility bills 2 times
each year to solicit contributions to the Fund. All public
utilities doing business in the State shall cooperate in
allowing the Department to insert fundraising solicitation
letters in their utility bills. The solicitation letter from
the Department must be sized so as to fit into the utility's
standard bill envelope, and must be of sufficiently light
weight so as not to cause any increase in postage cost to the
Section 25. Administration of Fund. The Department shall
administer the Good Samaritan Energy Trust Fund with the
advice and consent of the Low Income Energy Assistance Policy
Advisory Council established under the Energy Assistance Act
of 1989. Donations received for the Fund shall be made
available for the purpose of alleviating utility bill
arrearages for households determined eligible for LIHEAP,
except that the Department may use up to 10% of the moneys
donated for the Fund for the expenses of the Department and
the local area agency incurred in administering the Fund.
Resources from the Fund shall be awarded to local area
agencies that have existing contracts with the Department to
administer LIHEAP in Illinois.
Section 30. Distribution of moneys from Fund. Subject
to appropriations made by the General Assembly, the
Department may spend moneys from the Good Samaritan Energy
Trust Fund for the purpose of providing assistance authorized
under Section 25. The Department, with the advice and consent
of the Low Income Energy Assistance Policy Advisory Council,
shall establish priorities for the distribution of moneys
from the Good Samaritan Energy Trust Fund to low-income
consumers to enable them to pay gas or electric bill
arrearages in order to have household gas or electric utility
service connected. Low-income consumers who are unable to
have their service connected even with a LIHEAP grant shall
be given preference. The Department shall ensure that moneys
donated for the Fund (other than moneys used for
administrative expenses as authorized in Section 25) are
distributed to low-income consumers who reside in the county
from which those moneys were received.
Section 35. Annual report. On or before May 31 of each
year, beginning in 2005, the Department shall provide an
annual report to the General Assembly on the use and
effectiveness of the Good Samaritan Energy Trust Fund. The
report shall include the amount of money deposited into the
Fund, the amount of money allocated by the Fund for the
direct benefit of low-income consumers, the number of
low-income households served by the Fund, by county, and
recommendations for improving the operation and effectiveness
of the Fund.
Section 90. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.595 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.595 new)
Sec. 5.595. The Good Samaritan Energy Trust Fund.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
Effective Date: 7/22/2003