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SF 3402

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 03:20pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to children and families; modifying child care assistance funding priorities
for eligible families; adjusting allocation of funds; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 119B.03, subdivisions 4, 6.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Funding priority.

(a) First priority for child care assistance under the basic
sliding fee program must be given to eligible 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 skill 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 under section 119B.011,
subdivision 19b
. Within this priority, the following subpriorities must be used:

(1) child care needs of minor parents;

(2) child care needs of parents under 21 years of age; and

(3) child care needs of other parents within the priority group described in this paragraph.

(b) Second priority must be given to deleted text beginparents who have completed their MFIP or DWP
transition year, or parents who are no longer receiving or eligible for diversionary work
program supports.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) Third priority must be given todeleted text end families who are eligible for portable basic sliding
fee assistance through the portability pool under subdivision 9.

deleted text begin (d) Fourthdeleted text endnew text begin (c) Thirdnew text end priority must be given to families in which at least one parent is a
veteran as defined under section 197.447.

new text begin (d) Fourth priority must be given to eligible families who do not meet the specifications
of paragraph (a), (b), (c), or (e).
new text end

new text begin (e) Fifth priority must be given to eligible families receiving services under section
119B.011, subdivision 20a, if the parents have completed their MFIP or diversionary work
program transition year, or the parents are no longer receiving or eligible for diversionary
work program supports.
new text end

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end Families under paragraph deleted text begin(b)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end must be added to the basic sliding fee waiting
list on the date they begin the transition year under section 119B.011, subdivision 20deleted text begin, and
must be moved into the basic sliding fee program as soon as possible after they complete
their transition year
deleted text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.03, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Allocation formula.

The new text beginallocation component of new text endbasic sliding fee state and
federal funds shall be allocated on a calendar year basis. Funds shall be allocated first in
amounts equal to each county's guaranteed floor according to subdivision 8, with any
remaining available funds allocated according to the following formula:

(a) One-fourth of the funds shall be allocated in proportion to each county's total
expenditures for the basic sliding fee child care program reported during the most recent
fiscal year completed at the time of the notice of allocation.

(b) Up to one-fourth of the funds shall be allocated in proportion to the number of families
participating in the transition year child care program as reported during and averaged over
the most recent six months completed at the time of the notice of allocation. Funds in excess
of the amount necessary to serve all families in this category shall be allocated according
to paragraph deleted text begin(f)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end.

deleted text begin (c) Up to one-fourth of the funds shall be allocated in proportion to the average of each
county's most recent six months of reported first, second, and third priority waiting list as
defined in subdivision 2 and the reinstatement list of those families whose assistance was
terminated with the approval of the commissioner under Minnesota Rules, part 3400.0183,
subpart 1. Funds in excess of the amount necessary to serve all families in this category
shall be allocated according to paragraph (f).
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end Up to deleted text beginone-fourthdeleted text endnew text begin one-halfnew text end of the funds shall be allocated in proportion to the
average of each county's most recent deleted text beginsixdeleted text endnew text begin 12new text end months of reported waiting list as defined in
subdivision 2 and the reinstatement list of those families whose assistance was terminated
with the approval of the commissioner under Minnesota Rules, part 3400.0183, subpart 1.
Funds in excess of the amount necessary to serve all families in this category shall be
allocated according to paragraph deleted text begin(f)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end The amount necessary to serve all families in paragraphs (b)deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin andnew text end (c)deleted text begin, and (d)deleted text end
shall be calculated based on the basic sliding fee average cost of care per family in the
county with the highest cost in the most recently completed calendar year.

deleted text begin (f)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end Funds in excess of the amount necessary to serve all families in paragraphs (b)deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin
and
new text end (c)deleted text begin, and (d)deleted text end shall be allocated in proportion to each county's total expenditures for the
basic sliding fee child care program reported during the most recent fiscal year completed
at the time of the notice of allocation.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2021. The 2021 calendar year
shall be a phase-in year for the allocation formula in this section. The commissioner shall
develop the phase-in provisions to implement the allocation formula in calendar year 2021.
new text end