An Act concerning the neighborhood improvement and youth employment act; amending
      K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1402, 44-1405 and 44-1408 and repealing the existing sections.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

    Section 1. K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1402 is hereby amended to read as
follows: 44-1402. In accordance with appropriation acts, the secretary of
human resources shall provide grants to eligible administrative entities,
as described in K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1403 and amendments thereto for
the purpose of establishing and carrying out programs that provide em-
ployment opportunities during the summer months and after school to
individuals through payments for labor and related costs associated with
the repair, maintenance and renovation of essential community facilities
and for labor and related costs associated with assisting with community
services and working with low-income senior citizens. The secretary shall
ensure that at least one grant recipient is located in each congressional
district in the state. In the alternative, if the eligible entity is a private
business, such entity may provide employment opportunities that would
provide the youth with meaningful and valuable work experiences other
than such community services and assistance. Such private business shall
specifically stipulate in the grant application what would be such work

    Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1405 is hereby amended to read as
follows: 44-1405. An individual shall be eligible to participate in a program
described in subsection (a) of K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1404 and amend-
ments thereto only if the individual is attending a secondary school and
of legal age to be employed and meets the income eligibility guidelines
established by the secretary of human resources.

    Sec. 3. K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1408 is hereby amended to read as
follows: 44-1408. (a) The provisions of this act shall expire July 1, 1998.

    (b) The secretary shall annually submit a report to the 1998 session
of the house economic development committee and the senate commerce
committee detailing the manner in which funds were spent pursuant to
this act K.S.A. 44-1401, et seq., and amendment thereto. Such report shall
include the nature of the work performed by participating youths, the
percentage of funds expended for administrative expenses, findings on
the educational, criminal and occupational disposition of participating
youths and an evaluation of the program as a whole including a recom-
mendation concerning continuation of the program.

    Sec. 4. K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 44-1402, 44-1405 and 44-1408 are hereby

    Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.

I hereby certify that the above Bill originated in the House,
and passed that body


House concurred in
Senate amendments __________________________

Speaker of the House.
Chief Clerk of the House.
Passed the Senate
as amended __________________________

President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate.
Aproved __________________________