00RS HB706


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HB 706/FN (BR 1498) - T. Burch, M. Marzian, J. Adams, H. Anderson, P. Bather, L. Belcher, J. Bowling, I. Branham, J. Bruce, B. Buckingham, De. Butler, Dw. Butler, J. Callahan, M. Cherry, L. Clark, J. Coleman, B. Colter, J. Crenshaw, C. Geveden, G. Graham, J. Gray, J. Haydon, J. Jenkins, S. Johns, E. Jordan, J. Lee, G. Lindsay, T. McKee, C. Miller, R. Palumbo, F. Rasche, C. Siler, K. Stein, J. Stewart, J. Wayne, M. Weaver, S. Westrom, R. Wilkey

     AN ACT relating to early childhood development.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 200 to establish the Early Childhood Development Authority in the Office of the Governor to manage expenditures of the early childhood development fund; require 17 members to be appointed; set term limits for members of the authority; establish duties of the authority; require the authority to develop a state plan for funding priorities and programs; create community early childhood councils for service areas designated by the authority; require the councils to be established by local child-care resource and referral agencies and family resource centers; establish membership and terms for the community early childhood councils; establish grant proposal requirements; create the Early Childhood Business Council and the Early Childhood Professional Development Council; establish membership and terms; amend KRS 200.658 to attach the Kentucky Early Intervention System Interagency Coordinating Council to the authority; amend KRS 156.160 to require a vision examination by the Kentucky Board of Education for all students upon admission to public schools; amend KRS 211.645 to replace definition of "high-risk infant" and "hearing risk certificate" with "auditory screening report" and "infant at high risk of hearing loss"; add auditory screening indicating a hearing loss as an indicator of hearing risk; amend KRS 211.647 to require the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs to conduct hearing evaluations, contact parents, make referrals to the Kentucky Early Intervention System point of entry, and forward reports of evaluations; require hospitals to provide an auditory screening for all infants and forward an auditory screening report to parents, the attending physician and the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to establish the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program as a voluntary statewide home visitation program; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish a scholarship program for child-care workers to obtain early childhood credentials; create new sections of KRS 199.892 to 199.896 to establish a program of monetary incentives and merit awards for child-care programs; establish a voluntary quality-based graduated child-care rating system; expand the Healthy Start in Child Care program; establish technical assistance positions dedicated to child care; require the inspector general to issue a statement of deficiency and time frame for corrections for child day-care center violations; permit child-care centers to appeal adverse license or penalty actions; require factors to be considered in assessing a civil penalty; require procedures for taking action to correct cited deficiencies; amend KRS 199.896 to prohibit employment of violent offenders and persons found to have abused or neglected a child in day-care centers and add minimum requirements for directors of child day-care centers; amend KRS 199.8982 to add minimum requirements for family child-care certification; amend KRS 199.899 to delete 1993 report requirement and require an annual report on child-care subsidy rates; amend KRS 199.8994 to require target license surveyor ratio of 1 to 50 child-care facilities; require training for license surveyors; require improved monitoring of unregulated providers receiving child-care subsidies; amend KRS 199.8990 to file a report on child-care subsidy rates and child-care licensing surveyor positions; amend KRS 199.990 to establish penalties for child-care subsidy violations; amend KRS 17.165 to prohibit child-care providers to be or employ persons convicted of sex crimes or violent crimes, or persons who have been found to have abused or neglected a child by the cabinet; amend KRS 17.990 to add penalties for child-care providers or employers.


     HCS (1/FN) - Retain original provisions and require expiration of the authority, and councils and programs created by the authority when funds no longer exist; add foster care and adoptive parents to members of the community early childhood councils; remove Council of Chief Academic Officers from membership on the authority; remove focus of public health initiatives of the authority on expectant mothers, infants, and children; give authority to the Cabinet of Families and Children to promulgate administrative regulations for child-care providers; delete prohibition of convicted DUI offenders in child-care facilities; reduce civil penalties to no more than $1,000.
     HCS (2/FN) - Retain provisions of HB 706/HCS 1 and add 30 day grace period on admission to preschool or Head Start for vision exams; require money collected for civil penalties to go to the early childhood scholarship program; require participants in the HANDS program to give informed consent; make consistency changes to the title of community early childhood councils; require that at least 1 private sector member from each congressional district be appointed to the early childhood development authority.
     HFA (1, C. Walton) - Adds nonrefundable credit of $1,000 for income tax if parent or legal guardian is the primary caregiver for a child under age 6 years for at least 180 days of the taxable year; provisions effective December, 31 1999.
     SFA (1, D. Williams) - Retain original provisions and create a Healthy Babies Work Group to develop a public awareness campaign; require the authority to develop a request for proposal process for community early childhood councils; require the vision examination to be performed by January 1 of the first year of enrollment; require the cabinet to forward information on auditory screening for births outside of institutions to parents.

     Feb 15-introduced in House
     Feb 16-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 17-posted in committee
     Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 28-recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)
     Mar 1-posting waived
     Mar 3-reported favorably, to Rules with original Committee Substitute and Committee Substitute (2)
     Mar 6-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 7, 2000; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute (2)
     Mar 7-3rd reading, passed 95-0 with Committee Substitute (2)
     Mar 8-received in Senate
     Mar 10-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)
     Mar 23-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 24-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 27, 2000; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 27-taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 38-0 with floor amendment (1) ; received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate floor amendment (1)
     Mar 28-House concurred in Senate floor amendment (1) ; passed 96-0
     Mar 29-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 4-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 308)

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