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Substitute Senate Bill No. 878

Public Act No. 03-157


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2003) (a) Each state agency shall (1) maximize the extent to which it accesses federal funds that are available to states from the federal government, and (2) within available resources, annually assess the federal funds that such agency accesses, the federal funds that it could but does not access and the reasons it does not access such funds, and which funds it may access in the future. Not later than January first, annually, each state agency, within available resources, shall submit a report on its progress, findings and recommendations under subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, to the Office of Policy and Management, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations to state agencies, and the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

(b) The Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Office of Fiscal Analysis and within available resources, shall recommend and design actions that may be taken to increase the level of federal funds accessed by the state, including, but not limited to, potential applications for competitive grants, qualifications for bonus awards such as welfare bonuses, child support federal incentive payments, adoption bonuses and new food stamp performance bonuses, the maximization of federal Medicaid funds, and applications for new health, human service education and homeland security resources, when available.

Vetoed June 26, 2003