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HF 3173

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/09/2020 05:26pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to family child care licensing; requiring county agencies to publish and
distribute information about variances; amending Minnesota Statutes 2019
Supplement, section 245A.16, subdivision 1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 245A.16, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Delegation of authority to agencies.

(a) County agencies and private
agencies that have been designated or licensed by the commissioner to perform licensing
functions and activities under section 245A.04 and background studies for family child care
under chapter 245C; to recommend denial of applicants under section 245A.05; to issue
correction orders, to issue variances, and recommend a conditional license under section
245A.06; or to recommend suspending or revoking a license or issuing a fine under section
245A.07, shall comply with rules and directives of the commissioner governing those
functions and with this section. The following variances are excluded from the delegation
of variance authority and may be issued only by the commissioner:

(1) dual licensure of family child care and child foster care, dual licensure of child and
adult foster care, and adult foster care and family child care;

(2) adult foster care maximum capacity;

(3) adult foster care minimum age requirement;

(4) child foster care maximum age requirement;

(5) variances regarding disqualified individuals except that, before the implementation
of NETStudy 2.0, county agencies may issue variances under section 245C.30 regarding
disqualified individuals when the county is responsible for conducting a consolidated
reconsideration according to sections 245C.25 and 245C.27, subdivision 2, clauses (a) and
(b), of a county maltreatment determination and a disqualification based on serious or
recurring maltreatment;

(6) the required presence of a caregiver in the adult foster care residence during normal
sleeping hours;

(7) variances to requirements relating to chemical use problems of a license holder or a
household member of a license holder; and

(8) variances to section 245A.53 for a time-limited period. If the commissioner grants
a variance under this clause, the license holder must provide notice of the variance to all
parents and guardians of the children in care.

Except as provided in section 245A.14, subdivision 4, paragraph (e), a county agency must
not grant a license holder a variance to exceed the maximum allowable family child care
license capacity of 14 children.

new text begin (b) A county agency that has been designated by the commissioner to issue family child
care variances must:
new text end

new text begin (1) publish the county agency's policies and criteria for issuing variances on the county's
public website and update the policies as necessary; and
new text end

new text begin (2) annually distribute the county agency's policies and criteria for issuing variances to
all family child care license holders in the county.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end Before the implementation of NETStudy 2.0, county agencies must report
information about disqualification reconsiderations under sections 245C.25 and 245C.27,
subdivision 2
, paragraphs (a) and (b), and variances granted under paragraph (a), clause
(5), to the commissioner at least monthly in a format prescribed by the commissioner.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end For family child care programs, the commissioner shall require a county agency
to conduct one unannounced licensing review at least annually.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end For family adult day services programs, the commissioner may authorize licensing
reviews every two years after a licensee has had at least one annual review.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end A license issued under this section may be issued for up to two years.

deleted text begin (f)deleted text endnew text begin (g)new text end During implementation of chapter 245D, the commissioner shall consider:

(1) the role of counties in quality assurance;

(2) the duties of county licensing staff; and

(3) the possible use of joint powers agreements, according to section 471.59, with counties
through which some licensing duties under chapter 245D may be delegated by the
commissioner to the counties.

Any consideration related to this paragraph must meet all of the requirements of the corrective
action plan ordered by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

deleted text begin (g)deleted text endnew text begin (h)new text end Licensing authority specific to section 245D.06, subdivisions 5, 6, 7, and 8, or
successor provisions; and section 245D.061 or successor provisions, for family child foster
care programs providing out-of-home respite, as identified in section 245D.03, subdivision
1, paragraph (b), clause (1), is excluded from the delegation of authority to county and
private agencies.

deleted text begin (h)deleted text endnew text begin (i)new text end A county agency shall report to the commissioner, in a manner prescribed by the
commissioner, the following information for a licensed family child care program:

(1) the results of each licensing review completed, including the date of the review, and
any licensing correction order issued;

(2) any death, serious injury, or determination of substantiated maltreatment; and

(3) any fires that require the service of a fire department within 48 hours of the fire. The
information under this clause must also be reported to the state fire marshal within two
business days of receiving notice from a licensed family child care provider.