General Assembly: 76 (1996 Regular GA) - Chapter 1105 - Implementation of new or revised federal block grants

Published: 1996-04-16

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AN ACT providing requirements for implementation of new or revised federal block grant provisions which affect local governments and providing an effective date and applicability provision.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 8.41, Code 1995, is amended by adding the following new subsec- tion:

NEW SUBSECTION. 3. a. If, in any federal fiscal year, the federal government pro- vides for a block grant which requires a new or revised program than was required in the prior fiscal year, each state agency required to administer the block grant program shall develop a block grant plan detailing program changes.

b. To the extent allowed by federal law, the block grant plan shall be developed in accordance with the following:

(1) The primary goal of the plan shall be to attain savings for taxpayers and to avoid shifting costs from the federal government to state and local governments.

(2) State agency planning meetings shall be held jointly with officials of the affected political subdivision and affected members of the public.

(3) The plan shall address proposed expenditures and accountability measures and shall be published so as to provide reasonable opportunity for public review and comment.

(4) (a) Preference shall be given to any existing service delivery system capable of delivering the required service. If an existing service delivery system is not used, the plan shall identify those existing delivery systems which were considered and the reasons those systems were rejected. This subparagraph subdivision applies to any service delivered pursuant to a federal block grant, including, but not limited to any of the following block grant areas: health, human services, education, employment, community and economic development, and criminal justice.

(b) If a service delivered pursuant to a federal block grant and implemented by a politi- cal subdivision was previously provided for by a categorical grant, the state agency shall allow the political subdivision adequate transition time to accommodate related changes in federal and state policy. Transition activities may include, but are not limited to, revi- sion of the political subdivision's laws, budgets, and administrative procedures.

(c) The state agency shall allow the political subdivision the flexibility to implement a service in a manner so as to address identifiable needs within the context of meeting broad national objectives.

(5) State administrative costs shall not exceed the limits allowed for under the federal law enacting the block grant.

(6) A federal mandate that is eliminated or waived for the state shall be eliminated or waived for a political subdivision.

(7) Federal block grants shall not be used to supplant existing funding efforts by the state.

c. The state agency shall send copies of the proposed block grant plan to the legislative fiscal committee and to the appropriate appropriations subcommittee chairpersons and ranking members of the general assembly. The plan and any program changes contained within the plan shall be adopted as rules in accordance with chapter 17 A

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE - APPUCABIUTY. This Act, being deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment and applies to new or revised federal block grant provisions which take effect on or after the effective date of this Act.

Approved April 16, 1996