SB 177

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Children First Trust Fund, appropriations from for fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, use of allocation pursuant to Section 41-15B-2.2 and this act, tobacco settlement revenues deposited in fund within 30 days of receipt, Finance Director to notify each agency of allocation, appropriations conditional on tobacco revenues, appropriation of additional tobacco settlement funds, audit, Children's Affairs Department to report to Legislature and Children's Policy Council, appropriations from General Fund to various entities
Description

Under existing law, Children First Trust Fund programs are required to be funded through a separate appropriation in a separate act

This bill would make an appropriation of $38,460,473 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975

This bill would provide for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund, would require the State Director of Finance to notify each agency in writing of the amount of each agency's anticipated allocation, would require quarterly allocation to each agency, and would condition allocations upon the receipt of tobacco funds

This bill would provide for the transfer to the State General Fund during fiscal year 2019 that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education

This bill would make an appropriation of $47,788,069 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019

This bill would also make a conditional appropriation and allocation of any additional tobacco revenue on recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee, and approval of the Governor

To make an appropriation of $38,460,473 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975; to provide for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund; to require written notification of anticipated agency allocations by the State Director of Finance; to require quarterly allocations; to condition allocations on receipt of tobacco revenues; to provide for the transfer to the State General Fund during fiscal year 2019 that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education; to make an appropriation of $47,788,069 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019; and to make a conditional appropriation and allocation of additional tobacco revenues upon the recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee, and the approval of the Governor.

Subjects
Children First Trust Fund
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Under existing law, Children First Trust Fund programs are required to be funded through a separate appropriation in a separate act

This bill would make an appropriation of $38,460,473 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975

This bill would provide for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund, would require the State Director of Finance to notify each agency in writing of the amount of each agency's anticipated allocation, would require quarterly allocation to each agency, and would condition allocations upon the receipt of tobacco funds

This bill would provide for the transfer to the State General Fund during fiscal year 2019 that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education

This bill would make an appropriation of $47,788,069 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019

This bill would also make a conditional appropriation and allocation of any additional tobacco revenue on recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee, and approval of the Governor

To make an appropriation of $38,460,473 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975; to provide for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund; to require written notification of anticipated agency allocations by the State Director of Finance; to require quarterly allocations; to condition allocations on receipt of tobacco revenues; to provide for the transfer to the State General Fund during fiscal year 2019 that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education; to make an appropriation of $47,788,069 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019; and to make a conditional appropriation and allocation of additional tobacco revenues upon the recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee, and the approval of the Governor.

Section 1

(a) There is hereby appropriated from the Children First Trust Fund the sum of $38,460,473 for the fis- cal year ending September 30, 2019, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975 as follows, per the approved plan of investment for each agency: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board 426,500 Children's Trust Fund 2,487,003 Department of Forensic Sciences 511,752 Alabama Department of Human Resources 9,700,000 Juvenile Probation Services Fund 4,646,647 Alabama Medicaid Agency 1,685,236 Alabama Department of Mental Health 2,142,457 State Multiple Needs Children's Fund 3,845,739 Department of Public Health 4,661,058 Department of Rehabilitation Services 246,763 Department of Youth Services 8,107,318 (b) (1) All tobacco revenues from the tobacco settlement received by the state previously designated for the Children First Trust Fund shall be deposited to the Children First Trust Fund within 30 calendar days of receipt of those tobacco revenues. (2) The Director of Finance shall notify each agency and the Department of Children's Affairs in writing prior to September 1, 2018, of the dollar amount of the allocation expected to be received by the agency from the Children First Trust Fund in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. (3) At the beginning of each quarter of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, the respective agency shall be allocated at least one-fourth of the total amount appropriated and allocated to the agency for that fiscal year when tobacco revenues are available for the respective agency. In the event tobacco revenues are not available for the respective agency until later in the fiscal year then the respective agency shall be allocated an equal quarterly allotment for the quarters that funds are available at the beginning of those quarters. Such allocation shall be made and be available for expenditure by the agency within five working days of the commencement of the quarter. If additional sums are appropriated or allocated, or both, during the fiscal year, these sums shall be equally allocated to the respective agency among the remaining quarters of the fiscal year or may be allocated to the respective agency in one sum if revenues are available. The Department of Early Childhood Education shall be notified in writing of all appropriations and allocations from the Children First Trust Fund by the Director of Finance. (4) Allocations from the Children First Trust Fund are conditioned upon the receipt of tobacco revenues. (c) Allocations received pursuant to Section 1 shall be expended in accordance with Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975. (d) At the conclusion of the fiscal year, any remaining sums in the Children First Trust Fund shall remain in the fund and shall not revert to the General Fund or to any other fund.

Section 2

Notwithstanding any provision of Division f Article 17 of Chapter 10 of Title 41, Code of Alabama 1975, any provision of Chapter 15B of Title 41, Code of Alabama 1975, or any other provision of law, that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education shall be transferred from the Children First Trust Fund to the State General Fund during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

Section 3

In addition to the appropriation herein above made, there is hereby appropriated from additional to- bacco settlement funds the sum of $47,788,069 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019 to the following entities: Department of Early Childhood Education 500,000 21st Century Debt Service 16,000,000 Senior Services Trust Fund 1,393,862 Alabama Medicaid Agency 27,901,260 Department of Senior Services - Medicaid Waiver 1,992,947

Section 4

Any additional tobacco revenues available for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, shall be conditionally appropriated, conditioned upon the recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee, and approval of the Governor.

Section 5

The Executive Budget Office and the Director of Finance shall allot funds appropriated from the Children First Trust Fund only following the certification by the Commissioner of the Department of Early Childhood Education that a plan of investment has been approved for each agency. The Commissioner of the Department of Early Childhood Education shall prescribe the form and format on which each agency receiving appropriated funds herein shall submit a plan of investment of said appropriated funds. The plan of investment shall include, but not be limited to, a minimum of four (4) quality assurance items on which a periodic report, as required by the approved plan of investment, is made and as audited by the Examiners of Public Accounts. Quality assurance items shall include the number of children receiving service, an identifiable measure of success of services provided and a prioritized standard of successful measures for future plans of investment. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Commissioner of the Department of Early Childhood Education shall be responsible for providing a standard of measurement by which a clear determination can be made through operational reporting and audit reporting of a measurable success of funds appropriated and invested from the Children First Trust Fund; insure funds appropriated herein are invested in viable programs; insure and promote the leverage of appropriated funds herein in every possible manner and coordinated in all possible ways the investment of funds by each service provider to insure that no unproductive expenditures or duplication occurs. The Commissioner of the Department of Early Childhood Education shall notify legislators representing the area where a grant from the Children First Trust Fund is designated. The notification shall occur ten days before the funds reach the recipient agency.

Section 6

The Commissioner of the Department of Early Childhood Education shall report each approved plan of investment to the Joint Interim Legislative Oversight Committee and the Alabama Children's Policy Council. The Commissioner, upon the request of the service agency, may approve an adjusted plan of investment. It is the intent of the Legislature that funds appropriated from the Children First Trust Fund be directed to meet the most immediate needs of children as changing conditions may develop.

Section 7

Should any provision of this act be held invalid, the invalidity thereof shall not affect the remaining provisions of the act.

Section 8

This act shall become effective immediately upon its passage and approval by the Governor, or upon its otherwise becoming a law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 13, 2018SAssigned Act No. 2018-264.
March 13, 2018HSignature Requested
March 13, 2018SEnrolled
March 13, 2018SPassed Second House
March 13, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 725
March 13, 2018HThird Reading Passed
March 8, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 20, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Ways and Means General Fund
February 20, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 439
February 20, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 15, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 16, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Finance and Taxation General Fund
2018-03-13
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-02-20
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed