Bill S7055-2013

Relates to permitting local social services districts to prohibit certain informal child care providers from receiving funds as part of the child care block grant program

Allows social services districts to prohibit informal child care providers who are the subject of a report of child abuse or maltreatment on file with the statewide central registry, or have certain felony convictions from receiving funds as part of the child care block grant program.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 16, 2014: referred to children and families
  • Jun 16, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 16, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1405
  • Jun 16, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 28, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Apr 23, 2014: REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Meetings

Calendars

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Children and Families - May 28, 2014
Ayes (5): Felder, Bonacic, Savino, Young, Tkaczyk
Ayes W/R (1): Montgomery
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 16, 2014
Ayes (19): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Little, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Parker
Ayes W/R (4): Krueger, Montgomery, Perkins, Gianaris
Excused (2): Hassell-Thompson, Espaillat

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7055

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to allowing social services districts to prohibit informal daycare providers with an indicated report on file with the statewide central register or a felony conviction at any time for a sex offense, crime against a child, or a crime involving violence

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill allows social services districts to prohibit informal child care providers who are the subject of a report of child abuse or maltreatment on file with the statewide central registry, or have a felony conviction at any time for a sex offense, crime against a child, or a crime involving violence, or a felony conviction within the past five years for a drug-related offense, from receiving funds as part of the child care block grant program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 410-x of the Social Services Law by adding subdivisions 9 and 10.

*Subdivision 9 allows local social services districts to prohibit informal child care providers who are the subject of an indicated report on file with the statewide central register from providing child care services funded under the block grant.

*Subdivision 10 allows local social services districts to prohibit informal child care providers who have a felony conviction at any time for a sex offense, crime against a child, or a crime involving violence, or a felony conviction within the past five years for a drug-related offense from providing child care services funded under the block grant.

Section 2: Effective Date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Social Services law currently requires that operators of a licensed or registered child day care provider have their criminal history background checked, as well as statewide central register clearance. There is not a similar statute for informal providers (legally-exempt family child care and legally-exempt in-home care) funded by the New York State Child Care Block Grant (NYCCBG). NYCCBG, funded by taxpayer dollars, should not support child care from providers who have an indicated report on file with the statewide central register or have a felony conviction at any time for a sex offense, crime against a child, or a crime involving violence, or a felony conviction within the past five years for a drug-related offense. These criteria are similar to what licensed or registered child day care providers have currently in place.

This is one in a series of measures being introduced at the request of the Erie County Executive upon the recommendation of the county's Commissioner of Social Services to improve the provision of child protective services to New York's children and families.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Increased costs related to background checks.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first day of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7055 IN SENATE April 23, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to allowing social services districts to prohibit informal daycare providers with an indicated report on file with the statewide central register or a felony conviction at any time for a sex offense, crime against a child, or a crime involving violence THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 410-x of the social services law is amended by adding two new subdivisions 9 and 10 to read as follows: 9. A LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT MAY PROHIBIT ANY PERSON WHO IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED OR REGISTERED UNDER SECTION THREE HUNDRED NINETY OF THIS ARTICLE AND WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF AN INDICATED REPORT ON FILE WITH THE STATEWIDE CENTRAL REGISTER OF CHILD ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT UNDER SECTION FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE FROM RECEIVING FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE UNDER THE BLOCK GRANT. 10. A LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT MAY PROHIBIT ANY PERSON WHO IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED OR REGISTERED UNDER SECTION THREE HUNDRED NINETY OF THIS ARTICLE WHO HAD A FELONY CONVICTION AT ANY TIME FOR A SEX OFFENSE, A CRIME AGAINST A CHILD OR A CRIME INVOLVING VIOLENCE, OR A FELONY CONVICTION WITHIN THE PAST FIVE YEARS FOR A DRUG-RELATED OFFENSE FROM RECEIVING FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE UNDER THE BLOCK GRANT. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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