Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 30

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 4-30-17; IC 12-17.2-7.

Synopsis: Early childhood literacy pilot program. Establishes the early childhood literacy grant program as a two year pilot program within the division of family resources. Requires the division of family resources to establish, implement, and evaluate the program and report to the legislative council concerning the program. Appropriates money from the build Indiana fund.

Effective: July 1, 2013.





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    January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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SENATE BILL No. 30



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services and to make an appropriation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-30-17-4.1; (13)IN0030.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-30-17-4.1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 4.1. (a) Money credited to the build Indiana fund, after making the disbursements required under section 3.5 of this chapter, may be used only for:
        (1) state or local capital projects that are managed or carried out by an eligible recipient; or
        (2) deposit in a revolving loan fund for capital projects; or
        (3) grants under the early childhood literacy grant pilot program under IC 12-17.2-7. This subdivision expires July 1, 2017.

    (b) An expenditure of money from the build Indiana fund for a state or local capital project must be certified by the budget agency to the budget committee under section 4.5 of this chapter before the project may be reviewed and approved under section 10 of this chapter.
    (c) As used in this chapter, "capital project" refers to a capital project to which the general assembly has appropriated money from the build Indiana fund by project name, name of an eligible recipient, or

other description of the capital project. The term includes:
        (1) the construction of airports, airport facilities, and local street and road projects;
        (2) an airport development project that is eligible for a grant or loan under IC 8-21-11; and
        (3) any other:
            (A) acquisition of land;
            (B) site improvements;
            (C) infrastructure improvements;
            (D) construction of buildings or structures;
            (E) rehabilitation, renovation, or enlargement of buildings or structures; or
            (F) acquisition or improvement of machinery, equipment, furnishings, or facilities;
        (or any combination of these), that comprises or is functionally related to an activity that serves a governmental, a recreational, a cultural, a community, a health, a charitable, a scientific, a public safety, a literary, or an educational purpose, fosters amateur sports competition, or fosters prevention of cruelty to children.
    (d) As used in this chapter, "state project" refers to a capital project that is managed or carried out by an eligible recipient described in section 2(4) through 2(6) of this chapter.
    (e) As used in this chapter, "local project" refers to a capital project that is managed or carried out by an eligible recipient described in section 2(1) through 2(3) of this chapter.
    (f) In appropriating money from the build Indiana fund for state and local capital projects, the general assembly shall, to the extent practicable, allocate money:
        (1) equally among legislative districts for the house of representatives; and
        (2) equally among legislative districts for the senate;
without regard to the political affiliation of the member of the general assembly representing the legislative district or the voting preferences of the legislative district.
    (g) In reviewing and approving projects under section 10 10(a) of this chapter, the budget committee and the governor shall carry out a program under which, to the extent that projects otherwise qualify for funding, money for projects is disbursed:
        (1) equally among legislative districts for the house of representatives; and
        (2) equally among legislative districts for the senate;
without regard to the political affiliation of the member of the general

assembly representing the legislative district or the voting preferences of the legislative district.

SOURCE: IC 4-30-17-10; (13)IN0030.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 4-30-17-10 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 10. (a) Money appropriated from the build Indiana fund may not be expended on a state or local capital project or transferred to a revolving fund for capital projects until the state or local capital project or transfer is reviewed by the budget committee and approved by the governor upon the recommendation of the budget agency.
     (b) This section does not apply to money appropriated from the build Indiana fund for the early childhood literacy grant pilot program under IC 12-17.2-7. This subsection expires July 1, 2017.
SOURCE: IC 4-30-17-13; (13)IN0030.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 4-30-17-13 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 13. There is annually appropriated to the budget agency a sufficient amount from the build Indiana fund for the budget agency to:
        (1) carry out its responsibilities under this chapter; and
        (2) notwithstanding IC 5-11-4-3, pay the expense of examination and investigation of accounts related to a state or local capital project; and
        (3) fund grants through the division of family resources for the early childhood literacy grant pilot program under IC 12-17.2-7. This subdivision expires July 1, 2017.

SOURCE: IC 12-17.2-7; (13)IN0030.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 12-17.2-7 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]:
    Chapter 7. Early Childhood Literacy Grant Program
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the early childhood literacy grant pilot program established by section 2 of this chapter.
    Sec. 2. (a) The early childhood literacy grant pilot program is established to fund caregiver, teacher, and parent mentoring to facilitate literacy advancement in children from birth to four (4) years of age.
    (b) The program must provide funding for one (1) full time mentor who is assigned to not more than twenty (20) recipients.
    Sec. 3. (a) The division shall, not later than August 31, 2013, adopt rules, including emergency rules, under IC 4-22-2 to establish criteria for participation in the program.
    (b) The criteria established by subsection (a) must include the following requirements:
        (1) Subject to subdivision (2), a recipient is a group of not

more than ten (10) children who attend any of the following:
            (A) A child care home.
            (B) A child care center.
            (C) A child care ministry.
            (D) A program described in IC 12-17.2-2-8(2) or IC 12-17.2-2-8(3), including a preschool.
        (2) The organizations or programs described in subdivision (1)(A) through (1)(D) must have received at least a level 2 certification on the child care quality rating and improvement system administered by the division.
    Sec. 4. (a) The division shall begin accepting applications to receive a grant under the program not later than November 1, 2013.
    (b) An application submitted under subsection (a) must include a curriculum or approach to early childhood education that has been shown through empirical evidence to achieve rapid advancement of literacy.
    Sec. 5. The division shall fund grants to not more than twenty (20) recipients from the build Indiana fund under IC 4-30-17 for two (2) years, beginning not later than August 1, 2014.
    Sec. 6. (a) The division shall assign at least one (1) mentor to each recipient.
    (b) A mentor assigned under subsection (a) shall assist:
        (1) each caregiver or teacher of the children in the care of the recipient to implement the curriculum or approach to early childhood education specified in the recipient's application described in section 4 of this chapter; and
        (2) the parents of each child in the care of the recipient to promote literacy and education in the child's home.
    Sec. 7. (a) Children whose caregivers, teachers, and parents receive mentoring under the program must be evaluated by the organization or program using the early childhood assessment rating system provided by the department of education to evaluate each child's readiness for kindergarten.
    (b) Evaluations performed under subsection (a) must be performed and reported to the division in August, January, and June of each year.
    (c) The division shall, not later than November 1 of each year, compile and report the results of evaluations required by this section to the legislative council in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
    (d) The division shall, not later than November 1, 2016, compile

a final report of evaluation findings and recommendations concerning the program and provide the report to the legislative council in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
    (e) Results of evaluations performed under this section that could be used to identify an individual child are confidential.
    Sec. 8. This chapter expires July 1, 2017.