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HF 245

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/04/2021 03:50pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to human services; establishing the family child care regulation
modernization project; appropriating money; requiring a report.

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

Section 1. new text beginFAMILY CHILD CARE REGULATION MODERNIZATION.
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new text begin (a) The commissioner of human services shall contract with an experienced and
independent organization or individual consultant to conduct the work outlined in this
section. If practicable, the commissioner must contract with the National Association for
Regulatory Administration.
new text end

new text begin (b) The consultant must develop a proposal for a risk-based model for monitoring
compliance with family child care licensing standards, grounded in national regulatory best
practices. Violations in the new model must be weighted to reflect the potential risk they
pose to children's health and safety, and licensing sanctions must be tied to the potential
risk. The proposed new model must protect the health and safety of children in family child
care programs and be child-centered, family-friendly, and fair to providers.
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new text begin (c) The consultant shall develop and implement a stakeholder engagement process that
solicits input from parents, licensed family child care providers, county licensors, staff of
the Department of Human Services, and experts in child development about appropriate
licensing standards, appropriate tiers for violations of the standards based on the potential
risk of harm that each violation poses, and appropriate licensing sanctions for each tier.
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new text begin (d) The consultant shall solicit input from parents, licensed family child care providers,
county licensors, and staff of the Department of Human Services about which family child
care providers should be eligible for abbreviated inspections that predict compliance with
other licensing standards for licensed family child care providers using key indicators
previously identified by an empirically based statistical methodology developed by the
National Association for Regulatory Administration and the Research Institute for Key
Indicators.
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new text begin (e) No later than February 1, 2024, the commissioner shall submit a report and proposed
legislation required to implement the new licensing model to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over child care regulation.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; FAMILY CHILD CARE REGULATION
MODERNIZATION.
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new text begin $1,500,000 in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of human services for the family child care regulation modernization project under section
1. This is a onetime appropriation and remains available until June 30, 2024.
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