- ...a sales tax holiday from Nov. 25 to April 1, 2006, on weatherizing products, energy-efficient home heating equipment and windows
- ...$23.8 million to expand a state energy assistance program for needy families, providing an additional $200 per family during the heating season to help pay for natural gas, oil or other fuels.
- In addition to financial assistance, the legislation would create low interest loans for eligible homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
- The bill would also create a Home Heating Oil Planning Council to address home heating issues and state policies
- [The] Office of Policy and Management is required to monitor pricing. There's a provision in the bill that doubles civil penalties for price gouging.
The last provision is especially needed.
Gov. Rell is expected to pass the bill. I believe that most of the money will be coming from the state's projected budget surplus. This is as good a use of that money as any, at this point. If this week is any indication, we're in for a lousy winter.
The legislature still has to deal with privitization of state services and campaign finance reform. There's no word on when either of those will come to a vote.
"Lawmakers pass bill to address high heating costs." Associated Press 25 October, 2005.