HB 604-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 604-FN-A
SPONSORS: Rep. Burton, Straf. 6; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21
This bill establishes the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program which would award scholarships to certain students pursuing postsecondary education at any institution in the community college system of New Hampshire and makes an appropriation to fund the program.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(10) Administer all aspects of the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program established in RSA 21-N:8-c.
(11) Assume other responsibilities as may be provided in state or federal law.
21-N:8-c John and Molly Stark Workforce Opportunity Program Established.
I. There is hereby established the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program which shall be administered by the higher education commission. The purpose of this program is to provide support for public postsecondary education opportunities to New Hampshire residents who are graduates of any public or private secondary school authorized to operate in New Hampshire, which shall include chartered public schools, home educated students, and students who have received a high school equivalency certificate, by providing a scholarship equivalent to the unmet financial need for each recipient each year. All funds received pursuant to this section shall be nonlapsing and continually appropriated to the higher education commission for the purposes of this program.
II. A student who is interested in pursuing education at any institution in the community college system of New Hampshire shall be eligible to apply for the program. An eligible student shall submit an application to the higher education commission, on a form developed by the commission.
III. Applicants who are selected to participate in this program shall maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the institution, and meet such other criteria as may be established in this section. An applicant selected shall receive a scholarship equivalent to his or her unmet need each year for a maximum of 2 years. In this section, "unmet need" is the difference between the expected cost of tuition and fees less any grant aid and scholarships received by the student.
IV. All funds in the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity fund established in this section shall be used annually to provide scholarships under this program.
V. There is hereby established in the office of the state treasurer a fund to be known as the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity fund. The fund shall include any sums appropriated for such purpose. In addition, the higher education commission may accept public sector and private grants, gifts, or donations of any kind for the purpose of funding this program. All funds received from gifts, grants, or donations from private sources shall be eligible for state matching funds, to the extent of available funds. The moneys in this fund shall be nonlapsing and shall be continually appropriated to the higher education commission. The fund shall be expended by the higher education commission to award scholarships to selected students in accordance with this section. The state treasurer may invest moneys in the fund as provided by law, with interest received on such investment credited to the fund.
VI. The higher education commission shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to the following:
(a) Instituting a scholarship application process, including necessary forms and deadlines.
(b) Establishing academic and other standards by which scholarships shall be awarded.
(c) Establishing priorities in awarding scholarships where the funds available for scholarships are less than the amount needed for eligible applicants.
(d) Establishing procedures for awarding and disbursing scholarships.
(334) Moneys deposited in the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity fund established in RSA 21-N:8-c.
4 Appropriation. The sum of $500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 and the sum of $500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 are hereby appropriated to the higher education commission for the purposes of the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program established in RSA 21-N:8-c. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
HB 604-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] John and Molly Stark Workforce Opportunity Fund
This bill establishes the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program, to be administered by the Higher Education Commission, and is intended to provide scholarships to qualifying New Hampshire high school graduates or equivalency certificate holders pursuing a degree from any institution in the Community College System of New Hampshire. This bill also establishes a dedicated fund for the program where funds from any public or private grants, gifts, or donations may be accepted into the fund. It is assumed any costs to administer the program will be a charge against the fund. The Department of Education estimates development and approval of administrative rules would occur in FY 2018 with the program becoming operational in FY 2019. The Department further states it does not have the resources to develop the required rules and expects it would contract for such services at an estimated cost of $50,000. Additionally, the Department states in FY 2019 and each year thereafter, depending on the rules ultimately developed, it may need up to three full-time employees to manage the program. This bill makes a general fund appropriation of $500,000 in FY 2018 and $500,000 in FY 2019 for this program.
Department of Education
|Jan. 5, 2017||Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Education HJ 3 P. 21|
|Jan. 31, 2017||Public Hearing: 01/31/2017 10:45 AM LOB 207|
|Feb. 7, 2017||Executive Session: 02/07/2017 01:00 PM LOB 207|
|Feb. 15, 2017||Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/15/2017 (Vote 10-8; RC) HC 11 P. 18|
|Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass|
|Feb. 15, 2017||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 189-161 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 29|
|Jan. 31, 2017||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 7, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 15, 2017||House||Floor Vote|