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SF 988

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/07/2019 03:09pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to employment; creating the getting to work grant program; requiring
reports; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 116J.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [116J.545] GETTING 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 in
obtaining or maintaining employment. All grants shall be for two years.
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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 An application for a grant must be on a form provided by the
commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner. An application 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 18 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
consistent 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, 2021, and each January 15 in an
odd-numbered year thereafter, 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 $....... in fiscal year 2020 and $....... in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from the general
fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for the getting to work
grant program under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.545. Of this amount, up to five percent
is for administration and monitoring of the program.
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