Joint Standing Committee on Human Resources

LD 1895 An Act to Authorize the Department of Human Services to PUBLIC 707 Accept Federal Funds and to Make Certain Expenditures Sponsor(s) Committee Report Amendments Adopted KERR OTP-AM HANLEY

LD 1895 was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. LD 1895 proposed to allocate federal funds and Other Special Revenue funds to the Department of Human Services for the purpose of completing the Maine Automated Child Welfare Information System, MACWIS. The bill would have clarified a section of Public Law 1995, chapter 665, which restricts the use of Maximus-generated revenue, to authorize payment of costs of recovery, including contract fees. The bill also would have authorized the Department of Human Services to accept Federal Block Grant Funds under the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PL 104-193, for the purposes of continuing current state welfare policy. The bill would have stated that any additional funds accrued over and above the amount previously allocated would accrue in the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 Block Grant account. The bill would have directed the Department of Human Services to maintain all existing state welfare programs authorized by current state laws and rules, including the rules on pass-through of child support funds and legal immigrant families. The bill also would have directed the Department of Human Services to submit legislation to the 118th Legislature for the use of any additional federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 funds and related welfare program changes. Committee Amendment "A" (H-939) is the Majority Report of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. It would have authorized the Department of Human Services to maintain current state law and rules on pass-through of child support funds and legal immigrant families until April 1, 1997. It would have reinstated statutory language on block grants inadvertently repealed in Public Law 1995, chapter 591 and corrected an error in the emergency clause at the end of the bill. It would have added a fiscal note to the bill.

Enacted law summary

Public law 1995, chapter 707 comprises the original bill and the provisions of Committee Amendment A. It allocates federal funds and Other Special Revenue funds to the Department of Human Services for the purpose of completing the Maine Automated Child Welfare Information System, MACWIS. It clarifies a section of Public Law 1995, chapter 665, which restricts the use of Maximus-generated revenue, to authorize payment of costs of recovery, including contract fees. It authorizes the Department of Human Services to accept Federal Block Grant Funds under the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PL 104-193, for the purposes of continuing current state welfare policy. It states that any additional funds accrued over and above the amount previously allocated accrue in the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 Block Grant account. It directs the Department of Human Services to maintain all existing state welfare programs authorized by current state laws and rules, including the rules on pass-through of child support funds and legal immigrant families until April 1, 1997. It directs the Department of Human Services to submit legislation to the 118th Legislature for the use of any additional federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 funds and related welfare program changes. It reinstates statutory language on block grants that was inadvertently repealed in Public Law 1995, chapter 591. It corrects an error in the emergency clause at the end of the bill. Public Law 1995, chapter 707 has several effective dates. The provisions on funds for the Maine Automated Child Welfare Information System, MACWIS, apply retroactively to April 1, 1996. The provision on block grants contained in 5 MRSA 1669-A take effect February 1, 1997. The other provisions of the law were effective September 16, 1996.

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