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HF 875

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/09/2017 06:15pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/06/2017

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to employment; creating a pilot program to provide, repair, and maintain
motor vehicles for commuting to work; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginGETTING TO WORK GRANT PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Creation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of employment and economic development
shall make grants to nonprofit organizations to establish and operate programs under this
section that provide, repair, or maintain motor vehicles to assist eligible individuals to obtain
or maintain employment.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Qualified grantee. new text end

new text begin A grantee must:
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new text begin (1) qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
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new text begin (2) at the time of application offer, or have the demonstrated capacity to offer, a motor
vehicle program that provides the services required under subdivision 3.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Program requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) A program must offer one or more of the following
services:
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new text begin (1) provision of new or used motor vehicles by gift, sale, or lease;
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new text begin (2) motor vehicle repair and maintenance services; or
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new text begin (3) motor vehicle loans.
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new text begin (b) In addition to the requirements of paragraph (a), a program must offer one or more
of the following services:
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new text begin (1) financial literacy education;
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new text begin (2) education on budgeting for vehicle ownership;
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new text begin (3) car maintenance and repair instruction;
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new text begin (4) credit counseling; or
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new text begin (5) job training related to motor vehicle maintenance and repair.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin Applications for a grant must be on a form provided by the
commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner. Applications must, in addition
to any other information required by the commissioner, include the following:
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new text begin (1) a detailed description of all services to be offered;
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new text begin (2) the area to be served;
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new text begin (3) the estimated number of program participants to be served by the grant; and
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new text begin (4) a plan for leveraging resources from partners that may include, but are not limited
to:
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new text begin (i) automobile dealers;
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new text begin (ii) automobile parts dealers;
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new text begin (iii) independent local mechanics and automobile repair facilities;
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new text begin (iv) banks and credit unions;
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new text begin (v) employers;
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new text begin (vi) employment and training agencies;
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new text begin (vii) insurance companies and agents;
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new text begin (viii) local workforce centers; and
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new text begin (ix) educational institutions including vocational institutions and jobs or skills training
programs.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Participant eligibility. new text end

new text begin (a) To be eligible to receive program services, a person
must:
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new text begin (1) have a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level;
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new text begin (2) be at least 22 years of age;
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new text begin (3) have a valid driver's license;
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new text begin (4) provide the grantee with proof of motor vehicle insurance; and
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new text begin (5) demonstrate to the grantee that a motor vehicle is required by the person to obtain
or maintain employment.
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new text begin (b) This subdivision does not preclude a grantee from imposing additional requirements,
not inconsistent with paragraph (a), for the receipt of program services.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report to legislature. new text end

new text begin By February 15, 2019, the commissioner shall submit
a report to the chairs of the house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction
over workforce and economic development on program outcomes. At a minimum, the report
must include:
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new text begin (1) the total number of program participants;
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new text begin (2) the number of program participants who received each of the following:
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new text begin (i) provision of a motor vehicle;
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new text begin (ii) motor vehicle repair services; and
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new text begin (iii) motor vehicle loans;
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new text begin (3) the number of program participants who report that they or their children were able
to increase their participation in community activities such as after school programs, other
youth programs, church or civic groups, or library services as a result of participation in the
program; and
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new text begin (4) an analysis of the impact of the getting to work grant program on the employment
rate and wages of program participants.
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Sec. 2. new text beginGETTING TO WORK GRANT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of employment and economic development for the getting to work grant program under
section 1. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2021.
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