Bill Summary for S 172 (2021)

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May 20 2021

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Senate Bill 172 (Public) Filed Monday, March 1, 2021
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE STATE FISCAL RECOVERY RESERVE AND FUND, CORONAVIRUS CAPITAL PROJECTS RESERVE AND FUND, AND LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY RESERVE AND FUND TO MAINTAIN FUNDS PAID TO THE STATE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS STATE FISCAL RECOVERY FUND, CORONAVIRUS CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND, AND CORONAVIRUS LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUND; TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THE LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUND FOR DISTRIBUTION TO NONENTITLEMENT UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT; TO APPROPRIATE CERTAIN FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS PROVIDED TO THE STATE UNDER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT; AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL AND OTHER CHANGES.
Intro. by B. Jackson, Harrington, Hise.

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House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes. 

Part III.

Regarding the federal funds received by the State under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) appropriated to specified programs pursuant to the provided schedule, adds the following programs to the schedule: the Institute for Museum and Library Services; Homeless Children and Youth; and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Specifies accompanying award estimates and adjusts the total estimated funding accordingly. Adds that the final amount of federal funds awarded for the following four programs are not yet known but appropriates the funds awarded in the same manner as the funds appropriated in the schedule: (1) State Veterans Home Construction Grants; (2) Family Violence Prevention and Services; (3) Payments to State Veterans Homes; and (4) Elder Justice - Adult Protective Services. 

Adds to the authorized uses of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund by the Department of Public Instruction, previously restricted to allocating federal grant funds to public school units pursuant to section 2001(d) of the ARPA only, to also include reserving $21.5 million pursuant to subsection (f) of section 2001(d) of the ARPA to be used for: (1) $20 million to allocate funds to each public school unit (except those operated by the State Board of Education) to ensure that each unit receives a total amount from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) Fund of at least $400 per pupil in federal funds (providing for reduction of the per pupil allocation for units that received funds pursuant to subsection (d) of section 2001); and (2) $1.5 million to be allocated in equal amounts to the Governor Morehead School for the the Blind, the Eastern NC School for the Deaf, and the NC School for the Deaf for school facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of the schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs (specifying authorized uses). 

Part IV.

Further amends Section 3.3(103a) of SL 2020-4, as amended, regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund funds OSBM is directed to allocate to YMCA of the Triangle Area Inc. (YMCA) for a remote learning grant program. Changes the new requirement for grantees to submit to the YMCA all involved detailing expenses for which they are seeking reimbursement from the grant program by May 30, 2021, to instead require grantees with remaining funds to submit to the YMCA final expenses incurred up to and including May 31, 2021, and the estimated cost of the single audit (if required) for which they are seeking reimbursement from the grant program, by June 7, 2021. Revises the expansion of the grant program to include learning loss grants as follows. Now requires the NC Alliance of YMCAs (Alliance) to use appropriated funds not allocated in the first round of remote learning grants to pay for required single audits as well as award new grants to eligible organizations to address learning loss and enrichment due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students (was, to award a second round of grants to eligible organizations to address learning loss due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and teachers only).

Revises the requirements and qualifications for the learning loss and enrichment grants as follows. Explicitly restricts eligibility to organizations that were eligible in the first round of grants only (previously, substantively included). Requires grants to be awarded to organizations providing programs that address learning loss supported by social emotional learning, enrichment, and physical activity (previously, limited to learning loss issues only). Now conditions approval of applications based on the organization's (1) past performance of demonstrated knowledge of federal cost principles in remote learning site grants, (2) having either an audited financial statement or producing current financial statements to demonstrate financial solvency, and (3) submission of a plan detailing how grant funds will be spent and the estimated number of children that will be served with grant funds (previously, only required applicants to submit a plan detailing how grant funds will be spent and the estimated number of children that will be served with grant funds). Finally, increases the grant cap from $25,000 to $35,000. Makes conforming changes to refer to learning loss and enrichment grants throughout. 

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