In 2020, the state received money from the federal coronavirus relief fund for the state to use for necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic that were incurred prior to December 30, 2020, and $70 million of those federal funds were deposited in the care subfund and allocated through legislation enacted in 2020. In conformity with federal law, all of the agencies that received this money were required to use the money on or before December 30, 2020. Subsequent federal legislation extended the expenditure deadline for incurring these expenditures to December 31, 2021.
In light of the federal extension, the bill extends expenditure or appropriation deadlines for the following programs for which the departments have not yet expended all of their appropriation from the care subfund:
- Eviction legal assistance; ( Sections 2 and 7 of the bill)
- Human services referral services; ( Sections 5 and 8 )
- Low-income energy assistance; ( Section 6 )
- Behavioral health services; ( Section 9 )
- Immunization operating expenses; and ( Section 10 )
- Local public health agencies in rural areas. ( Section 10 )
In some cases, related program repeal deadlines are also extended.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)