Governor Signs Cutler LIHEAP Legislation
11/20/2012
 

On Nov. 19, Gov. Tom Corbett ceremonially signed legislation to eliminate fraud in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program.  Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) has been the prime sponsor of the proposal for the past three terms.  Pictured (from left) are Cutler, Corbett and Rep. Ron Waters (D-Delaware/Philadelphia).

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett Monday ceremonially signed legislation authored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) to reduce fraud, duplication and abuse in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program.

“Pennsylvanians deserve to know their tax dollars are being used only for the purposes for which they are intended,” said Cutler. “This new law will return accountability to the LIHEAP and weatherization programs and will deter fraud.”

Cutler thanked Rep. Ron Waters (D-Delaware/Philadelphia), who is co-author of the legislation, along with Corbett and Auditor General Jack Wagner. He noted that the law was only possible with bi-partisan support, and assistance from Wagner and the Corbett administration.

Act 164 will implement fraud detection and prevention mechanisms through the use of an Income Eligibility Verification System and will strengthen fraud reporting measures and whistleblower protections. The law also requires periodic performance audits by the Pennsylvania Department of Auditor General.

Cutler, a leader on welfare reform, has advocated this legislation since his first term in office.

“We have been striving for this reform for a long time, and I am very pleased to see it finally come to fruition,” said Cutler. “We are aware that other abuses in our government programs exist, and we are working hard to eliminate the exploitation of taxpayer dollars. I will continue to fight for integrity in our government programs.”

More information about Cutler and his legislative priorities is available at www.RepCutler.com or www.Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
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