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SF 255

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/27/2017 09:07am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; creating an Office of Eligibility Services; proposing
coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256S.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [256S.01] OFFICE OF ELIGIBILITY SERVICES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Creation. new text end

new text begin A state Office of Eligibility Services is created.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Director. new text end

new text begin (a) The office shall be under the direction of a director who shall be
appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a term ending on
June 30 of the sixth calendar year after appointment. Senate confirmation of the director
shall be as provided by section 15.066. The director shall appoint deputies to serve in the
office as necessary to fulfill the duties of the office. The director may delegate to a
subordinate employee the exercise of a specified statutory power or duty, subject to the
control of the director. Every delegation must be by written order filed with the secretary
of state.
new text end

new text begin (b) The director shall be in the unclassified service, but may be removed only for cause.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin (a) The director of eligibility services shall determine initial and ongoing
client eligibility for:
new text end

new text begin (1) social service and income assistance programs administered under chapters 256,
256D, 256E, 256F, 256I, 256J, 256K, 256N, and 256P;
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new text begin (2) mental health and chemical dependency programs administered under chapters 245,
253C, 254A, and 254B;
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new text begin (3) health care programs administered under chapters 256, 256B, and 256L;
new text end

new text begin (4) programs for persons with disabilities administered under chapters 245D, 248, 252,
256C, and 256Q;
new text end

new text begin (5) student higher education grant, loan, and assistance programs administered under
chapter 136A;
new text end

new text begin (6) student prekindergarten through grade 12 scholarship, nutrition, and assistance
programs administered under chapters 119A to 127A; and
new text end

new text begin (7) housing assistance programs administered under chapters 462A and 462C.
new text end

new text begin (b) The director of eligibility services shall work with the commissioners of the relevant
state agencies and directors of relevant local agencies to coordinate eligibility determination
for the programs listed in paragraph (a) with program operations, and to streamline, simplify,
and consolidate the application and renewal process for persons seeking or receiving
assistance through the programs.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginTRANSFER OF DUTIES.
new text end

new text begin (a) Minnesota Statutes, section 15.039, applies to the transfer of duties required by
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256S.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of administration, with approval of the governor, may issue
reorganization orders under Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.37, as necessary to carry out
the transfer of duties required by Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256S. The provision of
Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.37, subdivision 1, stating that transfers under that section
may be made only to an agency that has been in existence for at least one year does not
apply to transfers to an agency created by Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256S.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginCONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES.
new text end

new text begin The revisor of statutes, in consultation with the house of representatives and senate staff
and representatives of relevant state and local agencies, shall prepare a bill for introduction
in the 2018 legislative session proposing the statutory changes needed to implement the
transfers of duties required by Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256S.
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Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Sections 1 to 3 are effective July 1, 2018.
new text end