ENSURING AUTHORIZATION OF FEDERAL FUNDS. (NEW)

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 961 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 25, 2019
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL FUNDING.
Intro. by K. Hall, Arp, Saine, Hardister.

Status: Ch. SL 2019-192 (Aug 1 2019)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITALITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY.

Bill History:

H 961/S.L. 2019-192

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Aug 5 2019 - More information

    AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL FUNDING. SL 2019-192. Enacted August 1, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019.


  • Summary date: Jul 16 2019 - More information

    Senate committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and instead provides the following.

    Part I.

    Sets forth a schedule for appropriations in specified amounts for specified Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) divisions and programs from the federal block grant funds for the fiscal biennium ending June 30, 2021; effective until a new schedule is enacted.

    Requires DHHS to submit a separate plan for each block grant received and administered that includes the required information described. Provides for procedures and parameters that must be followed in the event there are changes in federal fund availability, including approval of the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) and reporting to the specified NCGA committee and division. 

    Requires all changes to the budgeted allocations to the block grants or contingency funds and other grants related to block grants administered by DHHS not specifically addressed by the act to be approved by OSBM; prohibits OSBM from approving funding for new programs or activities not appropriated in the act. Sets forth additional restrictions and reporting requirements regarding allocation changes. 

    Grants DHHS the authority to transfer funding between the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant and the TANF Emergency Contingency Funds Block Grant so long as the total allocation for the line items within those block grants remains the same.

    Makes the following allocations from the appropriations provided in TANF funds for each year of the fiscal biennium.

    Directs that $80,093,566 for each year of the fiscal biennium appropriated by the act in TANF funds to DHHS, Division of Social Services (DSS), be used for Work First County Block Grants. Details DSS certification procedures and budget realignment authorities.

    Directs that $9,412,391 appropriated by the act to DSS in TANF funds for each fiscal year of the biennium for child welfare improvements be allocated to county departments of social services for specified services. Details county responsibilities and expenditure limitations. 

    Directs that $2,026,877 appropriated by the act in TANF funds to DHHS, Special Children Adoption Fund, for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be used for the purposes set forth in GS 108A-50.2, Adoption Promotion Fund. Requires DSS to consult with the NC Association of County Directors of Social Services and representatives of licensed private adoption agencies to develop guidelines for the award of funds to licensed public and private adoption agencies upon the adoption of certain children described in GS 108A-50 and in foster care. Restricts use to enhance adoption services programs; prohibits conditioning grants upon local match.

    Directs that $1.4 million appropriated in the act in TANF funds to DSS for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be used for specified child welfare initiatives.

    Directs that $3.45 million allocated in the act in TANF funds to DHHS, Division of Public Health, for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be used for teen pregnancy initiatives, with $500,000 used in each year to provide services for youth in foster care or the juvenile justice system.

    Mandates that the total requirements for NC Pre-K remain unchanged with the additional sums appropriated. Requires funds made available after the specified adjustment to remain unspent until legislatively appropriated.

    Mandates that the total requirements for the Child Care Subsidy program remain unchanged with the additional sums appropriated. Similarly, requires funds made available after the specified adjustment to remain unspent until legislatively appropriated. 

    Makes the following allocations from the appropriations provided in the Social Services (SS) Block Grant for each year of the fiscal biennium.

    Directs that $19,905,849 for each year of the fiscal biennium appropriated by the act in the SS Block Grant to DSS, and $13,097,783 for each year of the fiscal biennium transferred from funds appropriated in the TANF Bloack Grant, be used for county block grants. Details DSS certification procedures and budget realignment authorities. Of the funds allocated, requires $3 million to be used to assist counties in the implementation of Project 4, Child Services, in NC Families Accessing Services Through Technology (NC FAST), available in each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium.

    Directs that $1.3 million appropriated by the act in the SS Block Grant to DSS for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be used to support various child welfare training projects, as specified.

    Authorizes DSS to transfer SS Block Grant funding allocated for department administration between divisions that have received administrative allocations from the SS Block Grant, subject to OSBM approval.

    Establishes that SS Block Grant funds appropriated for the Special Children Adoption Incentive Fund require a 50% local match. 

    Directs that $5,040,000 appropriated by the act in the SS Block Grant for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be allocated to DSS for allocation to county departments of social services to replace the loss of Child Protective Services (CPS) State funds currently used by county governments to pay for CPS staff at the local level. Provides that the funds are to be used to maintain the number of CPS workers in the state and are exempt from the specified local match requirement.

    Directs that $4,774,525 appropriated by the act for each year of the fiscal biennium in the SS Block Grant to DHHS, Division of Central Management and Support, be used for DHHS competitive block grants pursuant to specified state law, and are exempt from the specified local match requirement.

    Directs that $1,582,000 appropriated by the act in the SS Block Grant for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium to DSS be used to continue support for the Child Advocacy Centers, and is exempt from the specified local match requirement. 

    Directs that $3,825,443 for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium appropriated by the act in the SS Block Grant to DSS and the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) be used for guardianship services. Authorizes DHHS to expend the funds to support existing corporate guardianship contracts during each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium.

    Directs that, of the funds appropriated in the SS Block Grant to the DAAS for Adult Protective Services (APS), $893,041 be used to increase the number of APS workers where the funds will be most effective. Restricts use to salary and related expenses; prohibits supplanting any other funding. Exempts the funds from the specified local match requirement. 

    Directs that $737,067 appropriated by the act in the SS Block Grant for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be allocated to DSS be used to assist with training needs for county child welfare training staff. Prohibits supplanting other funding and exempts the county departments from the specified local matching requirement. 

    Authorizes additional emergency contingency funds received to be allocated for Energy Assistance Payments or Crisis Intervention Payments without prior legislative consultation. Establishes reporting requirements in the event additional funds are received. Prohibits DHHS from allocating funds for any activities other than assistance payments without prior legislative consultation. 

    Directs that $40,298,638 for each year of the fiscal biennium appropriated by the act in the Low-Income Energy Assistance Block Grant to DSS be used for Energy Assistance Payments for specified elderly and disabled households. Requires county departments of social services to annually submit an outreach plan for targeting elderly households to DSS by August 1 that meets three specified criteria, including prior approval by the local board of social services or human services board. 

    Requires subsidized child care services payments provided with federal TANF funds to comply with all regulations and policies of the Division of Child Development and Early Education for the program. Authorizes DHHS to move funds to child care subsidies in order to fully use federal funds in the event funds appropriated through the Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant for any program cannot be obligated or spent in that program within the allowable periods. 

    Directs that $1,976,970 appropriated by the act in the Mental Health Services Block Grant to DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, for each year of the fiscal biennium be allocated for Mental Health Services--First Psychotic Symptom Treatment.

    Directs that $250,000 appropriated by the act in the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant to DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, for each year of the fiscal biennium be used to support veterans' initiatives.

    Requires federal funds received under the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant for abstinence education for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be transferred to the State Board of Education to be administered by the Department of Public Instruction to establish an abstinence until marriage education program. Authorizes delegating implementation responsibilities and requires compliance with related federal implementation and administration guidelines. 

    Directs that $1,575,000 appropriated by the act in the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to DHHS, Division of Public Health, for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium be used for evidence-based programs in counties with the highest infant mortality rates. Establishes annual reporting requirements for the Division, as described.

    Prohibits the $68,245 allocated by the act in the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to DHHS, Division of Public Health, Women's and Children's Health Section, for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium from supplanting existing State or federal funds. Restricts the allocation to be used for a Public Health Program Consultant Position assigned full time to manage the NC Perinatal Health Strategic Plan and to provide staff support for the stakeholder work group.

    Similarly, prohibits the $100,000 allocated by the act in the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to DHHS, Division of Public Health, for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium for community-based sickle cell centers from supplanting existing State or federal funds.

    Appropriates $348,558 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, for the 2019-20 fiscal year, to be used for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

    Part II.

    Sets forth a schedule for appropriations in specified amounts for specified purposes from the Federal Community Development (CD) Block Grants received by the Department of Commerce (Department) during the fiscal biennium. Provides for adjustments in the event there are changes to the federal funding. 

    Directs the Department to consult with the specified NCGA commission before reallocating CD Block Grant Funds. Provides for scenarios in which the Director of the Budget can authorize reallocation without legislative consultation, such as a public emergency or risk of losing funding. Requires the Department to report by September 1 of 2019 and 2020 to specified NCGA committee chairs on the use of the CD Block Grant Funds appropriated in the prior fiscal year, including the described information. 

    Gives parameters for eligible activities and funds allocated under the infrastructure category for CD Block Grant Funds.

    Provides for deobligated funds and surplus federal administrative funds in the CD Block Grant program, setting forth parameters for the allocations of such funds by the Department and the Department of Environmental Quality.

    Part III.

    Appropriates the following amounts in recurring funds for the fiscal biennium from the General Fund to DEQ, allocated to the Division of Water Infrastructure to match the maximum available federal funds for the indicated revolving funds: $829,198 to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $2,646,960 to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

    Part IV. 

    Deems the act to supersede any conflicting provisions of GS 143C-5-4.

    Provides that the appropriations and authorized allocations set forth are effective until the Current Operations Appropriations Act for the applicable fiscal year becomes law, at which time the Director of the Budget must adjust allotments to give effect to that act from July 1 of the fiscal year.

    Effective July 1, 2019.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Apr 25 2019 - More information

    Appropriates $200,000 for each year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as a grant-in-aid to the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation (Foundation) to provide nationally certified programs in career and technical education focused on developing skills necessary for students to succeed in the hospitality sector. Requires a 1:1 match from the Foundation.

    Requires the Foundation, in consultation with DPI, to report annually by April 1 of each year that State funds are spent to the specified NCGA committee and division.

    Effective July 1, 2019.


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