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§303.650(a)(1) that the Council advise and assist the lead

agency in the development and implementation of the policies that constitute the Part C statewide system was based on the requirement in section 641(e)(1)(B) of the Act that the Council advise and assist the lead agency in

preparing its State’s Part C application. Prior to the

2004 amendments, the Act required each State to submit, as

part of its Part C application, the State’s policies that

constituted its Part C statewide system.

However, in 2004, section 634 of the Act was revised to no longer require each State to submit, as part of its

Part C application, all of the State’s policies for the

statewide system identified in section 635 of the Act; instead only those policies, procedures, descriptions, methods, certifications, and other items that are identified or referenced in, or the Department determines are needed under, section 637(a) of the Act and subpart C

of these regulation must be included in a State’s grant

application. Thus, the function of the Council in advising and assisting the lead agency in the preparation of its Part C application, would include advice and assistance concerning any policies the lead agency developed to meet the requirements in section 637(a) of the Act. The Council also has an opportunity to comment on other State Part C