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S. 1897: Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1897

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 28, 2017

(for herself, Mrs. Shaheen, and Mr. Peters) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

A BILL

To help small businesses access capital and create jobs by reauthorizing the successful State Small Business Credit Initiative.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017.

2.

New Tranches of capital for successful State programs

Section 3003 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (12 U.S.C. 5702) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Additional allocation and competitive awards

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection—

(A)

the term eligible participating State means a participating State that has certified to the Secretary that the State has expended, transferred, or obligated not less than 80 percent of the second 1/3 of the 2010 allocation transferred to the State under subsection (c)(1)(A)(iii); and

(B)

the term unused funds means—

(i)

amounts made available to the Secretary under clause (i)(II) or (ii)(II) of paragraph (2)(E); and

(ii)

amounts made available to the Secretary under paragraph (4)(B)(ii).

(2)

Allocation for 2010 participating States

(A)

Allocation

Of the amount made available under paragraph (6)(D), the Secretary shall allocate a total of $500,000,000 among eligible participating States in the same ratio as funds were allocated under the 2010 allocation under subsection (b)(1) among participating States.

(B)

Application

An eligible participating State desiring to receive funds allocated under this paragraph shall submit an application—

(i)

not later than the date that is 6 months after the date of enactment of the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017; and

(ii)

in such manner and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(C)

Availability of allocated amount

(i)

In general

Notwithstanding subsection (c)(1), after an eligible participating State approved by the Secretary to receive an allocation under this paragraph has certified to the Secretary that the eligible participating State has expended, transferred, or obligated not less than 80 percent of the last 1/3 of the 2010 allocation to the eligible participating State, the Secretary shall transfer to the eligible participating State the funds allocated to the eligible participating State under this paragraph.

(ii)

Effect on agreements

The allocation or transfer of funds under this paragraph to an eligible participating State shall not be construed to—

(I)

amend or modify the terms of the Allocation Agreement entered into by the eligible participating State relating to the 2010 allocation; or

(II)

modify or extend the Allocation Time Period, as defined under such Allocation Agreement.

(D)

Use of transferred funds

An eligible participating State may use funds transferred under this paragraph for any purpose authorized under subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (c)(3).

(E)

Termination of availability of amounts

(i)

In general

If an eligible participating State has not certified to the Secretary that the State has expended, transferred, or obligated not less than 80 percent of the last 1/3 of the 2010 allocation as of the date that is 2 years after the date on which the Secretary approves the eligible participating State to receive an allocation under this paragraph, any amounts allocated to the eligible participating State under this paragraph—

(I)

may not be transferred to the eligible participating State under this paragraph; and

(II)

shall be available to the Secretary to make awards under paragraph (4).

(ii)

Other amounts

Effective on the date that is 2 years after the date of enactment of the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017, any amounts allocated under this paragraph to a participating State that, as of such date, is not an eligible participating State or to an eligible participating State that did not submit an application under subparagraph (B) or was not approved by the Secretary to receive an allocation under this paragraph—

(I)

may not be transferred to an eligible participating State under this paragraph; and

(II)

shall be available to the Secretary to make awards under paragraph (4).

(3)

Competitive funding

(A)

In general

Of the amount made available under paragraph (6)(D), the Secretary may award, on a competitive basis, not more than a total of $1,000,000,000 to participating States and consortiums of participating States for use for any purpose authorized under subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (c)(3).

(B)

Application

(i)

In general

A participating State or consortium of participating States desiring to receive an award under this paragraph shall submit an application—

(I)

not later than the date established by the Secretary, which shall be not later than the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017; and

(II)

in such manner and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(ii)

Number of applications

A participating State may submit not more than 1 application on behalf of the participating State and not more than 1 application as part of a consortium of participating States.

(iii)

States that did not participate

A State that is not a participating State may apply to the Secretary for approval to be a participating State for purposes of this paragraph and paragraph (4), in accordance with section 3004.

(C)

Factors

In determining whether to make an award to a participating State or consortium of participating States under this paragraph, the Secretary shall consider—

(i)

how the participating State or consortium of participating States plan to use amounts provided under the award under the approved State program to—

(I)

leverage private sector capital;

(II)

create and retain jobs during the 2-year period beginning on the date of the award;

(III)

serve businesses that have been incorporated or in operation for not more than 5 years; and

(IV)

serve low- or moderate-income communities;

(ii)

the extent to which the participating State or consortium of participating States will establish or continue a robust self-evaluation of the activities of the participating State or consortium of participating States using amounts made available under this title;

(iii)

the extent to which the participating State or consortium of participating States will provide non-Federal funds in excess of the amount required under subparagraph (E); and

(iv)

the extent to which the participating State expended, obligated, or transferred the 2010 allocation to the State.

(D)

Award of funds

(i)

First tranche

Notwithstanding subsection (c)(1), and not later than 30 days after making an award under this paragraph to a participating State or consortium of participating States, the Secretary shall transfer 50 percent of the amount of the award to the participating State or consortium of participating States.

(ii)

Second tranche

After a participating State or consortium of participating States has certified to the Secretary that the participating State or consortium of participating States has expended, transferred, or obligated not less than 80 percent of the amount transferred under clause (i), the Secretary shall transfer to the participating State or consortium of participating States the remaining amount of the award.

(E)

State share

The State share of the cost of the activities, excluding administrative expenses, carried out using an award under this paragraph shall be not less than 10 percent. The Secretary may determine what contributions by a State qualify as part of the State share of the cost for purposes of this subparagraph.

(4)

Award of unused funds

(A)

In general

The Secretary may award, on a competitive basis, unused funds to participating States for use for any purpose authorized under subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (c)(3).

(B)

Unused 2010 funds

(i)

In general

The Secretary shall determine whether any amounts allocated to a participating State under subsection (b) shall be deemed no longer allocated and no longer available if a participating State has not certified to the Secretary that the State has expended, transferred, or obligated 80 percent of the second 1/3 of the 2010 allocation by December 31, 2018.

(ii)

Availability

Effective on the date of the determination under clause (i), any amounts identified in the determination that were deemed no longer allocated and no longer available to the participating State shall be available to the Secretary to make awards under this paragraph.

(C)

Application

A participating State desiring to receive an award under this paragraph shall submit an application—

(i)

not later than 3 months after the date on which funds are deemed no longer allocated and no longer available to any participating State; and

(ii)

in such manner and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(D)

Factors

In determining whether to make an award to a participating State under this paragraph, the Secretary shall consider the factors described in paragraph (3)(C).

(E)

Minimum amount

The Secretary may not make an award of less than $5,000,000 under this paragraph.

(5)

Compliance and reporting requirements

During the period beginning on the date on which a participating State first receives funds under paragraph (2), (3), or (4) and ending on the date that is 8 years after the date of enactment of the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017, the participating State shall submit quarterly and annual reports containing the information described in, and in accordance with the deadlines established under, section 3007.

(6)

Administration and implementation

(A)

Administrative expenses for participating States

A participating State may use not more than 3 percent of the amount made available to the participating State under paragraph (2), (3), or (4) for administrative expenses incurred by the participating State in implementing an approved State program.

(B)

Contracting

During the 1-year period beginning on the date of enactment of the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017, and notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to public contracting, the Secretary may enter into contracts to carry out this subsection.

(C)

Amounts not assistance

Any amounts transferred to a participating State under paragraph (2), (3), or (4) shall not be considered assistance for purposes of subtitle V of title 31, United States Code.

(D)

Appropriation

There are appropriated to the Secretary, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $1,500,000,000 to carry out this subsection, including to pay reasonable costs of administering the programs under this subsection, to remain available until expended.

(E)

Termination of secretary’s program administration functions

Notwithstanding section 3009(c), the authorities and duties of the Secretary to implement and administer the program under this subsection shall terminate at the end of the 8-year period beginning on the date of enactment of the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2017.

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