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Secretary an annual report on the status of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in the State. The language

in §303.604(c)(2) is consistent with this requirement and

clarifies that the information in the report be “for the

year for which the report is made.” Thus, if the Council

submits a report to the Governor and Secretary for FFY

2006, §303.604(c)(2) simply requires that the information

in that report be from the FFY 2006 reporting period (i.e., July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007).

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters expressed concern that the regulations no longer stipulate that the Council must advise and assist the lead agency in the development and implementation of the policies that constitute the statewide system and suggested that the omission of this requirement would diminish the authority of the Council.

Discussion: Sections 303.604 and 303.605 incorporate the requirements in section 641(e)(1) and (e)(2) of the Act, regarding the functions, duties, and authorized activities

of the Council. Section 641(e)(1)(B) and §303.604(a)(4)

continue to require the Council to advise and assist the

lead agency in preparing the State’s Part C application and

any amendments thereto. The requirement in current