By Greenberg H.B. No. 66 76R387 KKA-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the provision of scholarships and wage supplementation 1-3 for professional child-care workers. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 42, Human Resources Code, 1-6 is amended by adding Section 42.025 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 42.025. PROFESSIONAL CHILD-CARE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS. 1-8 (a) The department shall develop and administer a program under 1-9 which the department awards scholarships for professional 1-10 child-care training to eligible recipients seeking to obtain Child 1-11 Development Associate (CDA) national credentials. 1-12 (b) Each recipient shall receive a $1,000 scholarship. The 1-13 recipient shall apply $700 of the scholarship toward training 1-14 expenses and the remaining $300 toward obtaining CDA national 1-15 credentials. A person may receive only one scholarship. 1-16 (c) To be eligible to receive a scholarship under this 1-17 section, a person must: 1-18 (1) be employed in the child-care field; 1-19 (2) intend to obtain CDA national credentials; 1-20 (3) agree to work in the child-care field for at least 1-21 three additional years; and 1-22 (4) satisfy any other requirements adopted by the 1-23 department. 1-24 (d) In addition, the department may provide wage 2-1 supplementation in an amount and for a period determined by the 2-2 department to a scholarship recipient who provides care for 2-3 children younger than four years of age. The department may 2-4 provide the wage supplementation for not more than 18 months after 2-5 the date the department awards the scholarship. 2-6 (e) The department shall fund scholarships and any wage 2-7 supplementation provided under this section through federal Child 2-8 Care Development funds or other funding sources available to the 2-9 department. Total funding may not exceed $2,000,000 per state 2-10 biennium. 2-11 (f) The department shall adopt rules necessary to implement 2-12 this section. The rules must include provisions that: 2-13 (1) address the computation of the three-year service 2-14 requirement prescribed by this section; and 2-15 (2) ensure that the department may recover scholarship 2-16 money from a recipient who fails to comply with that service 2-17 requirement or any other requirement imposed by the department. 2-18 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1999. 2-19 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 2-20 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-21 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-22 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-23 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.