.................... moves to amend H. F. No. 605, the delete everything amendment
(H0605DE1), as follows:
Page 36, after line 16, insert:
"Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 256J.95, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Eligibility for diversionary work program.
(a) Except for the categories
of family units listed below, all family units who apply for cash benefits and who
meet MFIP eligibility as required in sections
are eligible and must
participate in the diversionary work program. Family units that are not eligible for the
diversionary work program include:
(1) child only cases;
(2) a single-parent family unit that includes a child under 12 weeks of age. A parent
is eligible for this exception once in a parent's lifetime and is not eligible if the parent
has already used the previously allowed child under age one exemption from MFIP
(3) a minor parent without a high school diploma or its equivalent;
(4) an 18- or 19-year-old caregiver without a high school diploma or its equivalent
who chooses to have an employment plan with an education option;
(5) a caregiver age 60 or over;
(6) family units with a caregiver who received DWP benefits in the 12 months prior
to the month the family applied for DWP, except as provided in paragraph (c);
(7) family units with a caregiver who received MFIP within the 12 months prior to
the month the family unit applied for DWP;
(8) a family unit with a caregiver who received 60 or more months of TANF
(9) a family unit with a caregiver who is disqualified from DWP or MFIP due to
(b) A two-parent family must participate in DWP unless both caregivers meet the
criteria for an exception under paragraph (a), clauses (1) through (5), or the family unit
includes a parent who meets the criteria in paragraph (a), clause (6), (7), (8), or (9).
(c) Once DWP eligibility is determined, the four months run consecutively. If a
participant leaves the program for any reason and reapplies during the four-month period,
the county must redetermine eligibility for DWP.
2.7 (d) Newly arrived refugees and asylees as defined in Code of Federal Regulations,
2.8title 45, chapter IV, section 400.13, who (1) have been assigned to a local refugee
2.9resettlement agency, (2) have a case manager, or (3) are enrolled in the federal matching
2.10grant program under United States Code, title 8, chapter 12, section 1522, are exempt
2.11from participating in the diversionary work program and may enroll directly into the
2.12MFIP program. Refugees must have the option of being assigned to an agency that has
2.13employees who are familiar with their culture, speak their language, and have more than
2.14one year of experience in assisting refugees in finding employment.
2.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.