HBA-JLV, SEP H.B. 1309 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1309 By: Villarreal, Mike Economic Development 7/16/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 77th Legislature, recipients of the Train our Teachers award, which is funded through the federal Child Care Development Fund, were not required to enter child-care facilities that serve needy children. The Child Care Development Fund, however, was created under the federal welfare reform plan in 1996 to benefit needy children. While children from impoverished environments may greatly benefit from a quality early education, they are less likely to receive such care. House Bill 1309 requires early education teachers who receive scholarships funded by the federal Child Care Development Fund to complete their obligated 18 months of early education teaching in child care facilities that accept federal Child Care Development Fund subsidies and are located within the attendance zone of a low-performing school campus or in an economically disadvantaged community. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1309 amends the Labor Code to modify the eligibility requirements for a person to receive a professional child-care training scholarship to specify that the child-care facility at which the person agrees to work for at least 18 additional months must accept federal Child Care Development Fund subsidies and must, at the time the person begins to fulfill the work requirement, be located within the attendance zone of a low-performing school campus or in an economically disadvantaged community. The bill also specifies that, for a scholarship recipient to receive a bonus or wage supplementation during the 18 additional months at the facility that employed the person when the scholarship was awarded, the facility must meet these requirements. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.