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SF 1367

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/01/2019 04:02pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to early childhood; modifying eligibility requirements for early learning
scholarships; permitting certain data to be accessed by the Department of Human
Services and shared with the Department of Education; classifying certain licensing
violation data as private and nonpublic data after seven years; expanding the
definition of child care assistance program payment data; requiring the
commissioner of human services to publicly display results of child care licensing
reports for longer than the minimum time required by federal law;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 13.46, subdivisions 2, 4; 13.461, subdivision
28; 119B.02, subdivision 6; 124D.165, subdivisions 2, 4, by adding a subdivision;
245A.04, subdivision 4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.46, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

General.

(a) Data on individuals collected, maintained, used, or disseminated
by the welfare system are private data on individuals, and shall not be disclosed except:

(1) according to section 13.05;

(2) according to court order;

(3) according to a statute specifically authorizing access to the private data;

(4) to an agent of the welfare system and an investigator acting on behalf of a county,
the state, or the federal government, including a law enforcement person or attorney in the
investigation or prosecution of a criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding relating to the
administration of a program;

(5) to personnel of the welfare system who require the data to verify an individual's
identity; determine eligibility, amount of assistance, and the need to provide services to an
individual or family across programs; coordinate services for an individual or family;
evaluate the effectiveness of programs; assess parental contribution amounts; and investigate
suspected fraud;

(6) to administer federal funds or programs;

(7) between personnel of the welfare system working in the same program;

(8) to the Department of Revenue to assess parental contribution amounts for purposes
of section 252.27, subdivision 2a, administer and evaluate tax refund or tax credit programs
and to identify individuals who may benefit from these programs. The following information
may be disclosed under this paragraph: an individual's and their dependent's names, dates
of birth, Social Security numbers, income, addresses, and other data as required, upon
request by the Department of Revenue. Disclosures by the commissioner of revenue to the
commissioner of human services for the purposes described in this clause are governed by
section 270B.14, subdivision 1. Tax refund or tax credit programs include, but are not limited
to, the dependent care credit under section 290.067, the Minnesota working family credit
under section 290.0671, the property tax refund and rental credit under section 290A.04,
and the Minnesota education credit under section 290.0674;

(9) between the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment and
Economic Development, and when applicable, the Department of Education, for the following
purposes:

(i) to monitor the eligibility of the data subject for unemployment benefits, for any
employment or training program administered, supervised, or certified by that agency;

(ii) to administer any rehabilitation program or child care assistance program, whether
alone or in conjunction with the welfare system;

(iii) to monitor and evaluate the Minnesota family investment program or the child care
assistance program by exchanging data on recipients and former recipients of food support,
cash assistance under chapter 256, 256D, 256J, or 256K, child care assistance under chapter
119B, medical programs under chapter 256B or 256L, or a medical program formerly
codified under chapter 256D; and

(iv) to analyze public assistance employment services and program utilization, cost,
effectiveness, and outcomes as implemented under the authority established in Title II,
Sections 201-204 of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
Health records governed by sections 144.291 to 144.298 and "protected health information"
as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 160.103, and governed by Code
of Federal Regulations, title 45, parts 160-164, including health care claims utilization
information, must not be exchanged under this clause;

(10) to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the
information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the individual or other individuals
or persons;

(11) data maintained by residential programs as defined in section 245A.02 may be
disclosed to the protection and advocacy system established in this state according to Part
C of Public Law 98-527 to protect the legal and human rights of persons with developmental
disabilities or other related conditions who live in residential facilities for these persons if
the protection and advocacy system receives a complaint by or on behalf of that person and
the person does not have a legal guardian or the state or a designee of the state is the legal
guardian of the person;

(12) to the county medical examiner or the county coroner for identifying or locating
relatives or friends of a deceased person;

(13) data on a child support obligor who makes payments to the public agency may be
disclosed to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to the extent necessary to determine
eligibility under section 136A.121, subdivision 2, clause (5);

(14) participant Social Security numbers and names collected by the telephone assistance
program may be disclosed to the Department of Revenue to conduct an electronic data
match with the property tax refund database to determine eligibility under section 237.70,
subdivision 4a
;

(15) the current address of a Minnesota family investment program participant may be
disclosed to law enforcement officers who provide the name of the participant and notify
the agency that:

(i) the participant:

(A) is a fugitive felon fleeing to avoid prosecution, or custody or confinement after
conviction, for a crime or attempt to commit a crime that is a felony under the laws of the
jurisdiction from which the individual is fleeing; or

(B) is violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under state or federal law;

(ii) the location or apprehension of the felon is within the law enforcement officer's
official duties; and

(iii) the request is made in writing and in the proper exercise of those duties;

(16) the current address of a recipient of general assistance may be disclosed to probation
officers and corrections agents who are supervising the recipient and to law enforcement
officers who are investigating the recipient in connection with a felony level offense;

(17) information obtained from food support applicant or recipient households may be
disclosed to local, state, or federal law enforcement officials, upon their written request, for
the purpose of investigating an alleged violation of the Food Stamp Act, according to Code
of Federal Regulations, title 7, section 272.1(c);

(18) the address, Social Security number, and, if available, photograph of any member
of a household receiving food support shall be made available, on request, to a local, state,
or federal law enforcement officer if the officer furnishes the agency with the name of the
member and notifies the agency that:

(i) the member:

(A) is fleeing to avoid prosecution, or custody or confinement after conviction, for a
crime or attempt to commit a crime that is a felony in the jurisdiction the member is fleeing;

(B) is violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under state or federal law;
or

(C) has information that is necessary for the officer to conduct an official duty related
to conduct described in subitem (A) or (B);

(ii) locating or apprehending the member is within the officer's official duties; and

(iii) the request is made in writing and in the proper exercise of the officer's official duty;

(19) the current address of a recipient of Minnesota family investment program, general
assistance, or food support may be disclosed to law enforcement officers who, in writing,
provide the name of the recipient and notify the agency that the recipient is a person required
to register under section 243.166, but is not residing at the address at which the recipient is
registered under section 243.166;

(20) certain information regarding child support obligors who are in arrears may be
made public according to section 518A.74;

(21) data on child support payments made by a child support obligor and data on the
distribution of those payments excluding identifying information on obligees may be
disclosed to all obligees to whom the obligor owes support, and data on the enforcement
actions undertaken by the public authority, the status of those actions, and data on the income
of the obligor or obligee may be disclosed to the other party;

(22) data in the work reporting system may be disclosed under section 256.998,
subdivision 7
;

(23) to the Department of Education for the purpose of matching Department of Education
student data with public assistance data to determine students eligible for free and
reduced-price meals, meal supplements, and free milk according to United States Code,
title 42, sections 1758, 1761, 1766, 1766a, 1772, and 1773; to allocate federal and state
funds that are distributed based on income of the student's family; and to verify receipt of
energy assistance for the telephone assistance plan;

(24) the current address and telephone number of program recipients and emergency
contacts may be released to the commissioner of health or a community health board as
defined in section 145A.02, subdivision 5, when the commissioner or community health
board has reason to believe that a program recipient is a disease case, carrier, suspect case,
or at risk of illness, and the data are necessary to locate the person;

(25) to other state agencies, statewide systems, and political subdivisions of this state,
including the attorney general, and agencies of other states, interstate information networks,
federal agencies, and other entities as required by federal regulation or law for the
administration of the child support enforcement program;

(26) to personnel of public assistance programs as defined in section 256.741, for access
to the child support system database for the purpose of administration, including monitoring
and evaluation of those public assistance programs;

(27) to monitor and evaluate the Minnesota family investment program by exchanging
data between the Departments of Human Services and Education, on recipients and former
recipients of food support, cash assistance under chapter 256, 256D, 256J, or 256K, child
care assistance under chapter 119B, medical programs under chapter 256B or 256L, or a
medical program formerly codified under chapter 256D;

(28) to evaluate child support program performance and to identify and prevent fraud
in the child support program by exchanging data between the Department of Human Services,
Department of Revenue under section 270B.14, subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) and (b),
without regard to the limitation of use in paragraph (c), Department of Health, Department
of Employment and Economic Development, and other state agencies as is reasonably
necessary to perform these functions;

(29) counties new text beginand the Department of Human Services new text endoperating child care assistance
programs under chapter 119B may disseminate data on program participants, applicants,
and providers to the commissioner of education;

(30) child support data on the child, the parents, and relatives of the child may be
disclosed to agencies administering programs under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social
Security Act, as authorized by federal law;

(31) to a health care provider governed by sections 144.291 to 144.298, to the extent
necessary to coordinate services;

(32) to the chief administrative officer of a school to coordinate services for a student
and family; data that may be disclosed under this clause are limited to name, date of birth,
gender, and address; or

(33) to county correctional agencies to the extent necessary to coordinate services and
diversion programs; data that may be disclosed under this clause are limited to name, client
demographics, program, case status, and county worker information.

(b) Information on persons who have been treated for drug or alcohol abuse may only
be disclosed according to the requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, sections
2.1 to 2.67.

(c) Data provided to law enforcement agencies under paragraph (a), clause (15), (16),
(17), or (18), or paragraph (b), are investigative data and are confidential or protected
nonpublic while the investigation is active. The data are private after the investigation
becomes inactive under section 13.82, subdivision 5, paragraph (a) or (b).

(d) Mental health data shall be treated as provided in subdivisions 7, 8, and 9, but are
not subject to the access provisions of subdivision 10, paragraph (b).

For the purposes of this subdivision, a request will be deemed to be made in writing if
made through a computer interface system.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.46, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Licensing data.

(a) As used in this subdivision:

(1) "licensing data" are all data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated by the
welfare system pertaining to persons licensed or registered or who apply for licensure or
registration or who formerly were licensed or registered under the authority of the
commissioner of human services;

(2) "client" means a person who is receiving services from a licensee or from an applicant
for licensure; and

(3) "personal and personal financial data" are Social Security numbers, identity of and
letters of reference, insurance information, reports from the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension, health examination reports, and social/home studies.

(b)(1)(i) Except as provided in paragraph (c), the following data on applicants, license
holders, and former licensees are public: name, address, telephone number of licensees,
date of receipt of a completed application, dates of licensure, licensed capacity, type of
client preferred, variances granted, record of training and education in child care and child
development, type of dwelling, name and relationship of other family members, previous
license history, class of license, the existence and status of complaints, and the number of
serious injuries to or deaths of individuals in the licensed program as reported to the
commissioner of human services, the local social services agency, or any other county
welfare agency. For purposes of this clause, a serious injury is one that is treated by a
physician.

(ii) new text beginExcept as provided in clause (v), new text endwhen a correction order, an order to forfeit a fine,
an order of license suspension, an order of temporary immediate suspension, an order of
license revocation, an order of license denial, or an order of conditional license has been
issued, or a complaint is resolved, the following data on current and former licensees and
applicants are public: the general nature of the complaint or allegations leading to the
temporary immediate suspension; the substance and investigative findings of the licensing
or maltreatment complaint, licensing violation, or substantiated maltreatment; the existence
of settlement negotiations; the record of informal resolution of a licensing violation; orders
of hearing; findings of fact; conclusions of law; specifications of the final correction order,
fine, suspension, temporary immediate suspension, revocation, denial, or conditional license
contained in the record of licensing action; whether a fine has been paid; and the status of
any appeal of these actions.

(iii) When a license denial under section 245A.05 or a sanction under section 245A.07
is based on a determination that a license holder, applicant, or controlling individual is
responsible for maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557, the identity of the applicant,
license holder, or controlling individual as the individual responsible for maltreatment is
public data at the time of the issuance of the license denial or sanction.

(iv) When a license denial under section 245A.05 or a sanction under section 245A.07
is based on a determination that a license holder, applicant, or controlling individual is
disqualified under chapter 245C, the identity of the license holder, applicant, or controlling
individual as the disqualified individual and the reason for the disqualification are public
data at the time of the issuance of the licensing sanction or denial. If the applicant, license
holder, or controlling individual requests reconsideration of the disqualification and the
disqualification is affirmed, the reason for the disqualification and the reason to not set aside
the disqualification are public data.

new text begin (v) A child care provider licensing violation is private data on individuals under section
13.02, subdivision 12, or nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9, if the violation
is seven years old or older, the violation was not based on causing harm to a child or exposing
a child to a risk of harm, and the child care provider was not cited for violating the same
rule or statutory provision in the seven years following the date of the initial violation.
new text end

(2) For applicants who withdraw their application prior to licensure or denial of a license,
the following data are public: the name of the applicant, the city and county in which the
applicant was seeking licensure, the dates of the commissioner's receipt of the initial
application and completed application, the type of license sought, and the date of withdrawal
of the application.

(3) For applicants who are denied a license, the following data are public: the name and
address of the applicant, the city and county in which the applicant was seeking licensure,
the dates of the commissioner's receipt of the initial application and completed application,
the type of license sought, the date of denial of the application, the nature of the basis for
the denial, the existence of settlement negotiations, the record of informal resolution of a
denial, orders of hearings, findings of fact, conclusions of law, specifications of the final
order of denial, and the status of any appeal of the denial.

(4) When maltreatment is substantiated under section 626.556 or 626.557 and the victim
and the substantiated perpetrator are affiliated with a program licensed under chapter 245A,
the commissioner of human services, local social services agency, or county welfare agency
may inform the license holder where the maltreatment occurred of the identity of the
substantiated perpetrator and the victim.

(5) Notwithstanding clause (1), for child foster care, only the name of the license holder
and the status of the license are public if the county attorney has requested that data otherwise
classified as public data under clause (1) be considered private data based on the best interests
of a child in placement in a licensed program.

(c) The following are private data on individuals under section 13.02, subdivision 12,
or nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9: personal and personal financial data
on family day care program and family foster care program applicants and licensees and
their family members who provide services under the license.

(d) The following are private data on individuals: the identity of persons who have made
reports concerning licensees or applicants that appear in inactive investigative data, and the
records of clients or employees of the licensee or applicant for licensure whose records are
received by the licensing agency for purposes of review or in anticipation of a contested
matter. The names of reporters of complaints or alleged violations of licensing standards
under chapters 245A, 245B, 245C, and 245D, and applicable rules and alleged maltreatment
under sections 626.556 and 626.557, are confidential data and may be disclosed only as
provided in section 626.556, subdivision 11, or 626.557, subdivision 12b.

(e) Data classified as private, confidential, nonpublic, or protected nonpublic under this
subdivision become public data if submitted to a court or administrative law judge as part
of a disciplinary proceeding in which there is a public hearing concerning a license which
has been suspended, immediately suspended, revoked, or denied.

(f) Data generated in the course of licensing investigations that relate to an alleged
violation of law are investigative data under subdivision 3.

(g) Data that are not public data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated under this
subdivision that relate to or are derived from a report as defined in section 626.556,
subdivision 2
, or 626.5572, subdivision 18, are subject to the destruction provisions of
sections 626.556, subdivision 11c, and 626.557, subdivision 12b.

(h) Upon request, not public data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated under
this subdivision that relate to or are derived from a report of substantiated maltreatment as
defined in section 626.556 or 626.557 may be exchanged with the Department of Health
for purposes of completing background studies pursuant to section 144.057 and with the
Department of Corrections for purposes of completing background studies pursuant to
section 241.021.

(i) Data on individuals collected according to licensing activities under chapters 245A
and 245C, data on individuals collected by the commissioner of human services according
to investigations under chapters 245A, 245B, 245C, and 245D, and sections 626.556 and
626.557 may be shared with the Department of Human Rights, the Department of Health,
the Department of Corrections, the ombudsman for mental health and developmental
disabilities, and the individual's professional regulatory board when there is reason to believe
that laws or standards under the jurisdiction of those agencies may have been violated or
the information may otherwise be relevant to the board's regulatory jurisdiction. Background
study data on an individual who is the subject of a background study under chapter 245C
for a licensed service for which the commissioner of human services is the license holder
may be shared with the commissioner and the commissioner's delegate by the licensing
division. Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, the identity of a reporter of alleged
maltreatment or licensing violations may not be disclosed.

(j) In addition to the notice of determinations required under section 626.556, subdivision
10f
, if the commissioner or the local social services agency has determined that an individual
is a substantiated perpetrator of maltreatment of a child based on sexual abuse, as defined
in section 626.556, subdivision 2, and the commissioner or local social services agency
knows that the individual is a person responsible for a child's care in another facility, the
commissioner or local social services agency shall notify the head of that facility of this
determination. The notification must include an explanation of the individual's available
appeal rights and the status of any appeal. If a notice is given under this paragraph, the
government entity making the notification shall provide a copy of the notice to the individual
who is the subject of the notice.

(k) All not public data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated under this subdivision
and subdivision 3 may be exchanged between the Department of Human Services, Licensing
Division, and the Department of Corrections for purposes of regulating services for which
the Department of Human Services and the Department of Corrections have regulatory
authority.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.461, subdivision 28, is amended to read:


Subd. 28.

Child care assistance program.

new text begin(a) new text endData collected, maintained, used, or
disseminated by the welfare system pertaining to persons selected as legal nonlicensed child
care providers by families receiving child care assistance are classified under section 119B.02,
subdivision 6
new text begin, paragraph (a). Child care assistance program payment data is classified under
section 119B.02, subdivision 6, paragraph (b)
new text end.

new text begin (b) Data relating to child care assistance program disqualification is governed by section
124D.165, subdivision 4a.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.02, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Data.

new text begin(a) new text endData collected, maintained, used, or disseminated by the welfare
system pertaining to persons selected as legal nonlicensed child care providers by families
receiving child care assistance shall be treated as licensing data as provided in section 13.46,
subdivision 4
.

new text begin (b) For purposes of this paragraph, "child care assistance program payment data" means
data for a specified time period showing (1) that a child care assistance program payment
under this chapter was made, and (2) the amount of child care assistance payments made
to a child care center. Child care assistance program payment data may include the number
of families and children on whose behalf payments were made for the specified time period.
Any child care assistance program payment data that may identify a specific child care
assistance recipient or benefit paid on behalf of a specific child care assistance recipient,
as determined by the commissioner, is private data on individuals as defined in section
13.02, subdivision 12. Data related to a child care assistance payment is public if the data
relates to a child care assistance payment made to a licensed child care center or a child
care center exempt from licensure and:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child care center receives payment of more than $100,000 from the child care
assistance program under this chapter in a period of one year or less; or
new text end

new text begin (2) when the commissioner or county agency either:
new text end

new text begin (i) disqualified the center from receipt of a payment from the child care assistance
program under this chapter for wrongfully obtaining child care assistance under section
256.98, subdivision 8, paragraph (c);
new text end

new text begin (ii) refused a child care authorization, revoked a child care authorization, stopped
payment, or denied payment for a bill for the center under section 119B.13, subdivision 6,
paragraph (d); or
new text end

new text begin (iii) made a finding of financial misconduct under section 245E.02.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.165, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Family eligibility.

(a) For a family to receive an early learning scholarship,
parents or guardians must meet the following eligibility requirements:

(1) have an eligible child; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(2) have income equal to or less than 185 percent of federal poverty level income in the
current calendar year, or be able to document their child's current participation in the free
and reduced-price lunch program or Child and Adult Care Food Program, National School
Lunch Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 1751 and 1766; the Food Distribution
Program on Indian Reservations, Food and Nutrition Act, United States Code, title 7, sections
2011-2036; Head Start under the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act
of 2007; Minnesota family investment program under chapter 256J; child care assistance
programs under chapter 119B; the supplemental nutrition assistance program; or placement
in foster care under section 260C.212deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (3) must not currently be disqualified from the child care assistance program under
chapter 119B, as provided under section 256.98, subdivision 8, paragraph (b).
new text end

(b) An "eligible child" means a child who has not yet enrolled in kindergarten and is:

(1) at least three but not yet five years of age on September 1 of the current school year;

(2) a sibling from birth to age five of a child who has been awarded a scholarship under
this section provided the sibling attends the same program as long as funds are available;

(3) the child of a parent under age 21 who is pursuing a high school degree or a course
of study for a high school equivalency test; or

(4) homeless, in foster care, or in need of child protective services.

(c) A child who has received a scholarship under this section must continue to receive
a scholarship each year until that child is eligible for kindergarten under section 120A.20
and as long as funds are available.

(d) Early learning scholarships may not be counted as earned income for the purposes
of medical assistance under chapter 256B, MinnesotaCare under chapter 256L, Minnesota
family investment program under chapter 256J, child care assistance programs under chapter
119B, or Head Start under the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of
2007.

(e) A child from an adjoining state whose family resides at a Minnesota address as
assigned by the United States Postal Service, who has received developmental screening
under sections 121A.16 to 121A.19, who intends to enroll in a Minnesota school district,
and whose family meets the criteria of paragraph (a) is eligible for an early learning
scholarship under this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.165, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Early childhood program eligibility.

(a) In order to be eligible deleted text beginto accept andeleted text endnew text begin
for
new text end early learning scholarshipnew text begin fundsnew text end, a program must:

(1) participate in the quality rating and improvement system under section 124D.142;
and

(2) beginning July 1, 2020, have a three- or four-star rating in the quality rating and
improvement system.

(b) Any program accepting scholarships must use the revenue to supplement and not
supplant federal funding.

(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), all Minnesota early learning foundation scholarship
program pilot sites are eligible to accept an early learning scholarship under this section.

new text begin (d) A program is not eligible for early learning scholarship funds if:
new text end

new text begin (1) it is disqualified from receiving payment for child care services from the child care
assistance program under chapter 119B, as provided under section 256.98, subdivision 8,
paragraph (c); or
new text end

new text begin (2) the commissioner of human services or county agency refuses to issue a child care
authorization, revokes an existing child care authorization, stops payment issued to a program,
or refuses to pay a bill under section 119B.13, subdivision 6, paragraph (d), clause (2).
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.165, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Data sharing. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of human services may disseminate to the
commissioner of education data on child care assistance program disqualification for purposes
of determining family eligibility under subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause (3), and program
eligibility under subdivision 4, paragraph (d). The commissioner of education may
disseminate the data to an early learning scholarship area administrator.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245A.04, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Inspections; waiver.

(a) Before issuing an initial license, the commissioner
shall conduct an inspection of the program. The inspection must include but is not limited
to:

(1) an inspection of the physical plant;

(2) an inspection of records and documents;

(3) an evaluation of the program by consumers of the program;

(4) observation of the program in operation; and

(5) an inspection for the health, safety, and fire standards in licensing requirements for
a child care license holder.

For the purposes of this subdivision, "consumer" means a person who receives the
services of a licensed program, the person's legal guardian, or the parent or individual having
legal custody of a child who receives the services of a licensed program.

(b) The evaluation required in paragraph (a), clause (3), or the observation in paragraph
(a), clause (4), is not required prior to issuing an initial license under subdivision 7. If the
commissioner issues an initial license under subdivision 7, these requirements must be
completed within one year after the issuance of an initial license.

(c) Before completing a licensing inspection in a family child care program or child care
center, the licensing agency must offer the license holder an exit interview to discuss
violations of law or rule observed during the inspection and offer technical assistance on
how to comply with applicable laws and rules. Nothing in this paragraph limits the ability
of the commissioner to issue a correction order or negative action for violations of law or
rule not discussed in an exit interview or in the event that a license holder chooses not to
participate in an exit interview.

(d) The commissioner or the county shall inspect at least annually a child care provider
licensed under this chapter and Minnesota Rules, chapter 9502 or 9503, for compliance
with applicable licensing standards.

(e) deleted text beginNo later than November 19, 2017,deleted text end The commissioner shall make publicly available
on the department's website the results of inspection reports of all child care providers
licensed under this chapter and under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9502 or 9503, and the
number of deaths, serious injuries, and instances of substantiated child maltreatment that
occurred in licensed child care settings each year.new text begin The results of inspection reports shall not
be displayed on the department's website for longer than the minimum required time under
federal law.
new text end