Relates to the creation of the child care regulatory review task force.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to creating the child care regulatory review task force
This bill establishes the Child Care Regulatory Review Task Force to review duplicative or unnecessary requirements that are an administrative burden for child care providers.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the Social Services Law by adding a new Section 390-j. This section creates the Child Care Regulatory Review Task Force. The Task Force shall review the statutory and regulatory requirements for child care providers which are duplicative or unnecessary and create administrative burdens. To obtain testimony the Task Force shall hold at least one public hearing. The Task Force shall develop and propose recommendations for streamlining current processes and requirements which are identified as duplicative and burdensome.
The members of the Task Force shall include: the Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services, the Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Commissioner of the Department of Health, and the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
Child care providers must maintain compliance with many federal and state requirements. However, some of these requirements are redundant or unnecessary. Such requirements have the provider performing the same task, such as submitting similar paperwork, for multiple agencies. This is time consuming, costly, and an inefficient use of resources. Such requirements create an administrative burden for providers that does not have a useful purpose. Therefore, maintaining such requirements is no longer necessary.
This bill seeks to remove the duplicative and unnecessary requirements on child care providers by establishing the Child Care Regulatory Review Task Force to review the statutory and regulatory requirements for child care providers. This Task Force will propose and develop recommendations to streamline current processes and requirements that are identified as being duplicative or unnecessary. By developing such recommendations, this Task Force will relieve some of the unnecessary and redundant requirements providers face. Doing so will allow providers to focus on their primary responsibility of caring for children. In particular, this Task Force will benefit small providers who do not have the financial or personnel resources to meet such duplicative or unnecessary administrative burdens.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7192 IN SENATE May 2, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 creating the child care regulatory review task force THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 390-j to read as follows: S 390-J. THE CHILD CARE REGULATORY REVIEW TASK FORCE. 1. DUTIES. (A) PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE CHILD CARE REGULATORY REVIEW TASK FORCE SHALL REVIEW PROCESSES AND REGULATORY, STATUTORY AND PROGRAMMATIC REQUIREMENTS, PLACED ON CHILD CARE PROVIDERS WHICH ARE REGULATED BY THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, THAT ARE DUPLI- CATIVE OR UNNECESSARY AND CREATE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS; (B) HOLD, AT MINIMUM, ONE PUBLIC HEARING TO OBTAIN ORAL AND/OR WRITTEN TESTIMONY FROM INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS; (C) DEVELOP AND PROPOSE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE STREAMLINING OF CURRENT PROCESSES AND REQUIREMENTS WHICH ARE IDENTIFIED AS DUPLICATIVE OR BURDENSOME; (D) SUCH RECOMMENDATIONS SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATURE ANNUAL- LY. 2. MEMBERSHIP. (A) THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF, AT A MINIMUM, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES; THE COMMIS- SIONER OF THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE; THE COMMIS- SIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE. (B) THE MEMBERS OF THE CHILD CARE REGULATORY TASK FORCE SHALL NOT RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION. HOWEVER, THE MEMBERS SHALL BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR ANY NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES. 3. EVERY STATE DEPARTMENT, AGENCY, DIVISION, BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT ENTITY SHALL PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY ASSISTANCE AND/OR INFORMATION TO THE CHILD CARE REGULATORY REVIEW TASK FORCE TOEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14014-03-4 S. 7192 2
CARRY OUT ITS DUTIES AS AUTHORIZED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, UNLESS OTHERWISE PROTECTED BY LAW. 4. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY A MEMBER OF THE CHILD CARE REGULATORY REVIEW TASK FORCE WHILE CARRYING OUT ANY DUTIES AS PRESCRIBED IN SUBDI- VISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL ONLY BE UTILIZED IN HIS OR HER CAPACITY AS A MEMBER OF THE CHILD CARE REGULATORY REVIEW TASK FORCE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.