senate Bill S4117A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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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May 29, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to social services
Apr 30, 2013 print number 4117a
amend (t) and recommit to social services
Mar 08, 2013 referred to social services

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May 29, 2014 - Social Services committee Vote

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Social Services Committee Vote: May 29, 2014

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S4117 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6231A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §34-a, Soc Serv L

S4117 - Bill Texts

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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 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

S4117A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6231A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §34-a, Soc Serv L

S4117A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S4117A

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 office to
amend the consolidated services plan

PURPOSE:

This bill would provide that before a county submit a consolidated
plan amendment which includes provisions to reduce or limit child care
availability or subsidy to the Office of Children and Family Services,
it must first obtain the approval of the county's governing body.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one would amend Section 34-a of the social services law to
require that an application by a local services district to alter its
plans and provisions for subsidized child care, which would reduce the
availability of child care services, lower eligibility for child care
subsides, or modify the co-payment structure, will not be considered
by the office until it is provided proof that the governing body of
the county has approved the application after public notice and
hearing.

Section 2 sets out the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Some counties restrict child care and limit availability of child care
subsides even when their County Legislature has expressly authorized
funding for these services. In these cases, the counties have received
approval from the Office of Children and Family Services for amended
consolidated services plan which limited child care services and
increased the co-pay on subsidized child care in the middle of the
county's fiscal year, even though the county Board of Legislators had
approved a fiscal year budget which allocated funds for these
subsidies. This bill would correct that deficiency by requiring that
prior to submission of an amended consolidated service plan to reduce
eligibility or increase co-payments for subsidized child care, the
county's governing body must approve the application after a public
hearing.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013 - New Bill

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined

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

                                 4117--A

                       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
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee

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 office  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 OFFICE  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.
                                                           LBD08506-03-3

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