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HF 389

1st Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/07/2022 03:44pm

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; enacting the Women of Color Opportunity Act;
creating pilot projects; requiring a report; appropriating money.

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

ARTICLE 1

WOMEN OF COLOR OPPORTUNITY ACT

Section 1. new text beginACT.
new text end

new text begin This act may be referred to as the Women of Color Opportunity Act.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Section 1. new text beginEMERGING ENTREPRENEUR LOAN PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2022 and $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for the
Minnesota emerging entrepreneur loan program under Minnesota Statutes, section 116M.18.
Funds available under this section are for transfer into the emerging entrepreneur program
special revenue fund account created under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116M, and are
available until expended. Of these amounts, $1,000,000 each year is for loans targeted to
entrepreneurs who are women of color and up to four percent is for administration and
monitoring of the program.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM;
APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $1,925,000 in fiscal year 2022 and $1,925,000 in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for the
business development competitive grant program. Of these amounts, $500,000 each year
is for grants to provide services and technical assistance targeted to entrepreneurs who are
women of color and up to five percent is for administration and monitoring of the business
development competitive grant program. All grant awards shall be for two consecutive
years. Grants shall be awarded in the first year.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Section 1. new text beginCOMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAMS TO INCREASE THE FINANCIAL
LITERACY OF GIRLS OF COLOR.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Eligible organization" means community-based organizations able to help girls or
women of color become financially literate, Minnesota public elementary and secondary
schools and postsecondary institutions offering financial literacy instruction and curricula,
and other Minnesota organizations experienced in helping girls or women of color become
financially literate, consistent with this section.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Financial literacy" means the knowledge and understanding needed to make
responsible and appropriate personal financial decisions.
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new text begin (e) "Girls of color" means females through age 17 who self-identify as American Indian,
Asian, Black, or Hispanic.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Women of color" means females age 18 and older who self-identify as American
Indian, Asian, Black, or Hispanic.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grants. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall award competitive grants, to the extent funds
are available, on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible organizations to help girls and
women of color gain financial literacy. The commissioner must award at least two grants
to eligible organizations serving girls of color in secondary school. Instruction in financial
literacy must be culturally specific and provided in the primary language of the girls or
women of color receiving the instruction.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2022, the commissioner must submit a written report
to the legislative committees having jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 education
containing information about the competitive grant program design, activities, expenditures,
and outcomes disaggregated by categories of race, cultural group, family income, age, grade
level, school district, geographical location, migrant, foreign immigrant status, home
language, English learner status under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.59, disability,
homelessness, and foster care, to the extent the information is available and no individual
can be personally identified from the information. The commissioner must include in the
report recommendations for a model program to increase the financial literacy of girls and
women of color in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text begin APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
education for a competitive grant program to increase the financial literacy of girls and
women of color under section 1. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until
expended.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
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ARTICLE 4

STEM CAREERS

Section 1. new text beginPILOT GRANT PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE GIRLS OF COLOR TO
EXPLORE AND PURSUE STEM CAREERS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Best practices" means an innovative mentorship, internship, apprenticeship, or other
applied or experiential learning opportunity available for girls of color in STEM occupations
or fields.
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new text begin (c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of education.
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new text begin (d) "Eligible organization" means community-based STEM-affiliated organizations
experienced in serving girls of color, Minnesota public elementary and secondary schools
providing STEM instruction and curricula, and other Minnesota STEM-affiliated
organizations experienced in serving girls of color, consistent with the purposes of this
section.
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new text begin (e) "Girls of color" means females through age 17 who self-identify as American Indian,
Asian, Black, or Hispanic.
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new text begin (f) "STEM" means the subject areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grants; use of grant funds. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award grants to eligible
organizations serving girls of color. The eligible organizations receiving a grant must use
grant funds to encourage and support girls of color in exploring and pursuing STEM careers
consistent with paragraph (b).
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new text begin (b) Grant recipients must use grant funds for one of two purposes: (1) for opportunities
for best practices to increase the awareness and interest of girls of color in STEM occupations
and fields, to develop the knowledge and confidence of girls of color in STEM, and to
increase the access of girls of color to secondary, dual credit, and postsecondary programs
leading to STEM occupations; or (2) for financial assistance for services to help girls of
color explore and pursue STEM careers while balancing their responsibilities for work, job
skills training and education, and family caregiving, which may include financial assistance
for child care, transportation, or safe and stable housing.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Outcomes. new text end

new text begin The grant recipients must work together to develop a model program
to encourage and support girls of color in exploring and pursuing STEM careers that other
organizations may replicate and use.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2022, the commissioner must submit a written report
to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees having jurisdiction
over kindergarten through grade 12 education containing information about the pilot grant
program design, activities, expenditures, and outcomes disaggregated by categories of race,
cultural group, family income, age, grade level, school district, geographical location,
migrant, foreign immigrant status, home language, English learner status under Minnesota
Statutes, section 124D.59, disability, homelessness, and foster care, to the extent the
information is available and no individual can be personally identified from that information.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; PILOT GRANT PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE AND
SUPPORT GIRLS OF COLOR IN EXPLORING AND PURSUING STEM CAREERS.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
education for a pilot grant program to encourage and support girls of color in exploring and
pursuing STEM careers under section 1. This is a onetime appropriation and is available
until expended.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

ARTICLE 5

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Section 1. new text beginPILOT GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS
OF GIRLS OF COLOR.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Eligible organization" means community-based organizations serving girls of color,
Minnesota public elementary and secondary schools, and other Minnesota organizations
experienced in working with girls of color, consistent with the purposes of this section.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Girls of color" means females through age 17 who self-identify as American Indian,
Asian, Black, or Hispanic.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grants. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall award grants to eligible organizations serving
girls of color. The eligible organizations receiving a grant must use grant funds to increase
the academic success of girls of color, leading to reduced suspensions in public elementary
and secondary schools and increased on-time high school graduation rates, and encourage
their pursuit of a postsecondary education program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Outcomes. new text end

new text begin The grant recipients must work together to develop a model program
that other organizations may replicate and use.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2022, the commissioner must submit a written report
to the committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12
education containing information about the pilot grant program design, activities,
expenditures, and outcomes disaggregated by categories of race; cultural group; family
income; age; grade level; school district; geographical location; migrant; foreign immigrant
status; home language; English learner status under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.59;
disability; homelessness; and foster care, to the extent the information is available and no
individual can be personally identified from the information.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; PILOT GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE THE
ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF GIRLS OF COLOR.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
education for a pilot grant program to increase the academic success of girls of color under
section 1. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until expended.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
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ARTICLE 6

HIGH-WAGE, HIGH-DEMAND,
NONTRADITIONAL JOBS GRANTS

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
employment and economic development for the high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional
jobs grant program under Minnesota Statutes, section 116L.99.
new text end

ARTICLE 7

WOMEN'S FOUNDATION OF MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2022 and $....... in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for a grant to
the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to create and administer a statewide internship
program for young women 17 years of age or older and under 25 years of age who are
American Indian, Asian, Black, or Hispanic. The program shall connect participants with
internships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and subsidize intern wages. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2022.
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new text begin (b) By January 15, 2022, the commissioner shall submit to the legislative committees
of the house of representatives and the senate having jurisdiction over economic development
and workforce development policy and finance a report detailing the use of grant funds and
program outcomes. Where data is available, data in the report should be disaggregated by
race, cultural group, family income, geographic location, status as a migrant or foreign
immigrant, home language, English learners under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.59,
disability, and status of homelessness.
new text end