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NO. 34. AN ACT RELATING TO SHARING OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES COSTS.

(H.499)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT; PAYMENT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

(a) Human services are primarily the responsibility of the state and federal governments. Therefore, it shall be the goal of the general assembly to develop a system in which the costs of special education services delivered by human service providers shall be paid for primarily by federal and state general fund dollars.

(b) On or before September 1, 2001, the commissioner of education and the secretary of human services shall present to the senate and house committees on education and on health and welfare, a preliminary draft of an interagency agreement to shift a portion of special education costs to the agency of human services over a period of three years, beginning in fiscal year 2003. The agreement shall identify services which are to be paid for by school districts and services which are to be paid for by human service providers. Following discussion with the four committees about the preliminary draft, the commissioner and secretary may revise the preliminary draft and shall present a final draft of an interagency agreement to the committees on or before December 1, 2001.

Approved: May 29, 2001