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Posted on: March 10, 2023

Senate Committee Advances Bill to Increase LIHWAP Participation

A bill meant to increase participation in the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) was advanced through Senate committee this week. While the League initially opposed S-3333, amendments were made allowing us to now support the bill.

This week, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced legislation meant to increase participation in the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). While the League originally opposed S-3333, we have worked with the bill’s sponsor to make amendments that resolve our concerns.

S-3333 as amended requires any municipal water and wastewater utility or authority to enter into a vendor contract with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to participate in the LIHWAP. Amendment language clarifies that the vendor contract will not prohibit a municipal utility from taking collection action against a qualifying customer after September 30, 2023. Collection action includes: assessing interest, discontinuing service, or placing, selling, or enforcing a lien on real property.  

The bill also places certain reporting requirements on both utilities and the DCA to provide information on water and wastewater customers in arrears with an additional provision requiring DCA to provide information on these customers to utilities for the LIHWAP to be successfully administered.

While S-3333 moves one step closer to a full vote in the Senate, the Assembly companion bill, A-5020, has not yet been scheduled for committee review. 

Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel,, 609-695-3481, x137. 

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