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SF 8

as introduced - 91st Legislature, 2020 4th Special Session (2020 - 2020) Posted on 09/12/2020 07:46am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying basic sliding fee child care assistance
program funding priorities; directing the commissioner of human services to
allocate funding for the basic sliding fee child care program and accompanying
costs.

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

Section 1. new text beginTEMPORARY BASIC SLIDING FEE CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM CHANGES.
new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 119B.03, subdivision 2, a county may
allow a family to maintain its spot on the basic sliding fee waiting list if the family does not
have an immediate need for child care.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 119B.03, subdivision 4, the following
funding priority for the basic sliding fee child care assistance program shall apply:
new text end

new text begin (1) first priority must be given to non-MFIP families who do not have a high school
diploma or commissioner of education-selected high school equivalency certification, or
who need remedial and basic skills courses in order to pursue employment or to pursue
education leading to employment and who need child care assistance to participate in the
education program. This includes student parents as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
119B.011, subdivision 19b. Within this priority, the following subpriorities must be used:
new text end

new text begin (i) child care needs of minor parents;
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new text begin (ii) child care needs of parents under 21 years of age; and
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new text begin (iii) child care needs of other parents within the priority group described in this clause;
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new text begin (2) second priority must be given to families in which at least one parent is a veteran as
defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 197.447;
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new text begin (3) third priority must be given to all eligible families who do not belong to any other
priority groups listed in this clause;
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new text begin (4) fourth priority must be given to parents who have completed their MFIP or
diversionary work program transition year or parents who are no longer receiving or eligible
for diversionary work program supports; and
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new text begin (5) fifth priority must be given to families who are eligible for portable basic sliding fee
assistance through the portability pool under Minnesota Statutes, section 119B.03, subdivision
9.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective October 1, 2020, and expires March 31,
2021.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginDIRECTION TO COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN SERVICES; TEMPORARY
BASIC SLIDING FEE CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CHANGES.
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new text begin Beginning October 1, 2020, the commissioner of human services shall allocate up to
$11,491,000 from the child care development block grant funds in the federal fund to
implement the temporary basic sliding fee child care assistance program changes in section
1 and the corresponding transition year extension expenditure increase. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 119B.03, subdivisions 6, 6a, and 6b, funds for the temporary
changes to the basic sliding fee program shall be allocated to counties proportionately based
on the average number of families as reported on the most recent six months of published
waiting lists, weighted by the average cost per family in each of those counties over the
same six month period. A county may expend the remainder of its 2020 calendar year
allocation in the subsequent allocation period if the county expends at least 90 percent of
the original 2020 allocation.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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