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HF 4298

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/29/2018 02:29pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to human services; establishing an ombudsperson for family child care;
appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
245A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [245A.23] LICENSING AND REGULATORY ASSISTANCE; FAMILY
CHILD CARE.
new text end

new text begin (a) A family child care ombudsperson office is established within the Department of
Human Services to provide one-stop access for persons in need of information or assistance
related to family day care or group family day care licensing, investigations, and sanctions,
child care regulatory requirements, or resolving disputes with state or county agencies. The
family child care ombudsperson shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) serve as a neutral, independent resource for dispute and issue a resolution between
the department, counties, family day care and group family day care providers, and the
general public;
new text end

new text begin (2) gather information about decisions, acts, and other matters of the department that
relate to family day care and group family day care;
new text end

new text begin (3) provide information to family day care and group family day care providers and to
the general public;
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new text begin (4) promptly respond to inquiries and complaints related to family day care and group
family day care licensing and regulatory issues; and
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new text begin (5) facilitate discussions or arrange mediation when appropriate.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall appoint a person to the position of family child care
ombudsperson. The family child care ombudsperson reports directly to the commissioner.
The ombudsperson must be selected without regard to political affiliation and must be
qualified to perform the duties specified in this section. The ombudsperson must not hold
another formal position within the department and must not impose a complaint fee.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
human services to establish and administer the family child care ombudsperson office under
Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.23.
new text end