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Monday, March 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Monday

The House Early Childhood division started out with comments from Rep. Josh Heintzeman. He shared his disappointment that this committee has purview over CCAP program integrity, but has not yet brought Inspector General Carolyn Ham or another DHS staffer who can answer integrity questions before the committee. This was prior to news breaking that the Inspector General had been placed on leave.

The committee heard the following bills:

HF1685 (Wazlawik): Child care substitute providing care time increased. This bill would change and increase hours allowed for using a substitute from 30 full days in 12 months to 300 hours in 12 months. It was laid over for possible inclusion in the division report.

HF1924 (Pryor): Family child care emergency preparedness plan requirements modified. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF1925 (Pryor): Department of Human Services licensing provisions modified; required to offer exit interview. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF1926 (Pryor): Child care; individuals exempted from training and background studies. There was a lot of concern on this bill from the Association of Minnesota Family Child Care Licensors (AMFCCL). They noted that adults without background checks could be a threat to all children in care, regardless of relation to the license holder. They said that their association thinks of parents as clients, and parents deserve to know if there are adults around their children that have not had background checks. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF2047 (Pryor): County licensors required to seek clarification from DHS before correction order issuance. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF2048 (Pryor): Child care training timelines clarified and extended. AMFCCL testified against the bill, saying that they believe it is important that someone with current CPR and car seat training is in the home. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF2049 (Pryor): Child care training requirements clarified. It was laid over for possible inclusion. 
The Senate Human Services committee heard SF2 (Housley): the Senate’s child care package bill. It was re-referred to the Jobs and Economic Growth Policy and Finance committee.

Tuesday

The House Early Childhood division heard the following bills:

HF2420 (Davnie) - Child care site assistance funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF2474 (Claflin): Child care economic grant program created, and money appropriated. It was re-referred to

Education Finance.

HF2195 (Pryor): Early care and education program requirements governed including quality rating and improvement system, implementation outreach, universal identified requirements, and data practices evaluation; early care and education coordination task force established; technical changes made; and money appropriated. It was re-referred to

Education Finance.

HF2575 (Pinto): Children and family services provisions modified, and money appropriated. (Minnesota Department of Human Services Budget Bill) Clare Sanford testified the importance of conforming federally and going above the 25th percentile- this bill is a step in the right direction but there is much further to go. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

Wednesday

The Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Policy and Finance committee heard SF2 (Housley): Senate child care package bill. The bill contains a Department of Employment and Economic Development grant, so it had to pass through this committee.

The Senate Judiciary committee heard SF1452 (Howe): Ombudsperson for child care providers creation and appropriation. It was re-referred to Finance, however, it was also amended onto SF2 in a different committee. It will now remain a part of SF2.

Thursday

The House Early Childhood Division heard the following bills:

HF1230 (Pinto): Early learning scholarships eligibility modified, and voluntary prekindergarten programs expanded to give five groups. It was re-referred to the General Register.

HF2463 (Pinto): Early childhood, child care, and family support program eligibility participation and requirements modified. This bill contains the provisions related to this committee that are within the Department of Education’s bill. It was laid over for possible inclusion in the division report.

HF2319 (Pinto): Human services program integrity modified, criminal penalties created, and money appropriated. This is DHS’ package of CCAP program integrity measures. It contains recommendations from both the Legislative Auditor and the third party (PFM) that was hired by DHS to conduct a second program audit. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF1680 (Demuth): Child care assistance program record-keeping requirements clarified. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

HF497 (Franson): Child care providers prohibited from receiving child care assistance program reimbursements for dependents of employees. Clare Sanford testified against prohibiting CCAP for all employees. She said that she understands the issue and intent, but hopes to be able to work with the author to come up with a something other than a full prohibition. It was laid over for possible inclusion.

Bill Introductions of Interest

S.F. 2549 (Hoffman): Establishing a child care advisory working group; modifying child care assistance program requirements; providing directions to the commissioner; requiring a report.

S.F. 2559 (Housley): Appropriating money for child care site assistance; requiring reports.

S.F. 2560 (Nelson): Modifying certain child care licensing requirements.

S.F. 2565 (Nelson): Authorizing the commissioner of education to increase early learning scholarship amounts; appropriating money for early childhood professional development.

H.F. 2565 (Robbins): Amending eligibility and funding for early learning scholarships; making a statutory appropriation.

H.F. 2575 (Pinto): Modifying provisions governing children and families services; appropriating money.

S.F. 2626 (Housley): Establishing Family Child Care Task Force; providing appointments; requiring a report; appropriating money.

S.F. 2630 (Wiklund): Modifying eligibility, participation, and requirements for early childhood, child care, and family support programs.

H.F. 2651 (Pryor): Establishing a child care advisory working group; modifying child care assistance program requirements; providing directions to the commissioner; requiring a report.

H.F. 2667 (Drazkowski):  Repealing child care assistance program.


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