senate Bill S4117

Amended

Requires local social services districts to obtain approval by the governing body of such district prior to applying to amend the consolidated services plan

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 08 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4117A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Requires local social services districts to obtain approval by the governing body of such district prior to applying to the office to amend the consolidated services plan.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4117
S4117A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง34-a, Soc Serv L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4117

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to requiring local social services districts to obtain approval by the
governing body of such district prior to applying to the department to
amend the consolidated services plan

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend the Social
Services Law to require local social services district to obtain
approval of their local governing body prior to submitting an
application to amend their Consolidated Services Plan to the
Department of Social Services if such amendment reduces the
availability or increases the cost of subsidized child care.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 34-a of the
social services law by adding a new paragraph expressly requiring
governing body approval prior to submission of a plan limiting the
availability of increasing the cost of child care.

JUSTIFICATION: At the start of each fiscal year, counties determine
the extent and amount of child care subsidy and the extent of any
co-pay required for eligible low income parents based of county
budget, approved by the Board of Legislators and signed by the
Executive. However, under current law, and under the perfunctory
review process applied by the Department, counties can reduce
eligibility and increase child care fees during the course of the
fiscal year, without the approval of the governing board, simply by
filing an application for modification of their consolidated services
plan with the Department of Social Services. As a result, although
there may be sufficient resources to continue to provide the subsidy
enacted in the budget, counties are unilaterally reducing subsidizes
and restricting eligibility to critical child care services without
the review of and approval by the governing body. This bill would
require that before such approval is granted by the Department the
governing body of such municipality, such as the Board of Legislators,
must approve the application after public notice and hearing.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013- New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4117

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 8, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring  local
  social  services districts to obtain approval by the governing body of
  such district prior to applying to the department to amend the consol-
  idated services plan

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  34-a  of  the  social services law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9. AN APPLICATION BY A LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES  DISTRICT  TO  AMEND  ITS
CONSOLIDATED  SERVICES  PLAN,  SUBMIT  AN  ANNUAL  PLAN  UPDATE, OR SEEK
APPROVAL FOR ANY ACTION WHICH WOULD REDUCE  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  CHILD
CARE SERVICES, LOWER ELIGIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES, OR MODIFY THE
CO-PAYMENT  STRUCTURE  SHALL  NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT UNLESS
SUCH APPLICATION IS ACCOMPANIED BY PROOF THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF SUCH
DISTRICT HAS APPROVED THE APPLICATION AFTER PUBLIC NOTICE AND HEARING.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08506-01-3

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