2009 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Jones, S.C.
Local DSS Office Space (language only)

Item 346 #2h

Item 346 #2h

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 392, line 8, after “space.”, insert:
“For those jurisdictions that, when applying such criteria, achieve a high priority ranking for increased state reimbursement, yet initiate local funding actions to address critical space needs or to consolidate human services, they shall nevertheless retain their rankings on the prioritized list of projects for increased state reimbursement for renovating existing space, relocating or constructing new space.”

(This amendment adds language related to the assessment of funding requests for space needs among local departments of social services by the state Department of Social Services. Due to the lack of or reduced funding for state reimbursements and the critical needs for delivery of social services, some localities with high priority rankings for greater reimbursement to improve local office space have been forced to make critical renovations, acquire new space or to consolidate human services buildings. Doing so has penalized these jurisdictions because once they have made space improvements, they lose priority for increased state reimbursement for the increased cost of their local space. This amendment assures that these localities retain their rankings for obtaining additional state reimbursement if it becomes available.)