SB 5999 removes:
- The requirements that OFM annually review the caseload forecasts and recommendations for statewide implementation, and
- The caseload council requirement to provide a courtesy forecast of the population eligible for a referral for essential needs and housing support program.
The bill adds that the first forecast of children eligible to participate in the early childhood education and assistance program is to be prepared by the caseload forecast council in time to for the development of budget proposals by the governor for the 2016 legislative session.
Substitute Bill: As amended, the CFC must forecast the number of children eligible for ECEAP. This requirement is removed from the Department of Early Learning and the Office of Financial Management. The requirement for the CFC to prepare a courtesy forecast for the Essential Needs and Housing Support program is removed.