HB 837 First Chance Trust Fund and First Chance Program; created, report.
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Summary as introduced:
First Chance Trust Fund and First Chance Program. Creates in the state treasury the First Chance Trust Fund (Trust Fund), consisting of (i) any appropriated funds, gifts, donations, grants, bequests, or other funds received on its behalf; (ii) payments required to be withheld by the Department of Corrections on any public contract that exceeds $5,000,000 annually in an amount equal to one percent of the total annual value of such public contract; and (iii) any payments permitted to be withheld by any other agency of the Commonwealth on any public contract that exceeds $5,000,000 annually in an amount no greater than one percent of the total annual value of such public contract. The bill establishes, and requires the Board of Corrections to administer, the First Chance Program (the Program) whereby moneys from the Trust Fund are utilized to award (a) a scholarship to attend a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to any student who attends a public high school that is located in a region of the Commonwealth that has a high school dropout rate, poverty rate, or incarceration rate that is higher than the relevant average rate in the Commonwealth or (b) a grant to any private, nonprofit social services organization that is located in a region of the Commonwealth that has a high school dropout rate, poverty rate, or incarceration rate that is higher than the relevant average rate in the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Board of Corrections to report annually to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Courts of Justice, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice, and the Senate Committee on Finance on the revenues of and expenditures from the Trust Fund in the prior fiscal year and the number, amount, type, and recipients of scholarships and grants made pursuant to the Program in the prior fiscal year.

Full text:
01/09/18  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103227D  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/09/18  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103227D
01/09/18  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/22/18  House: Referred from Education by voice vote
01/22/18  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/18  House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/08/18  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019 by voice vote
02/13/18  House: Left in Appropriations