|HB2154 Virginia Workforce Council; composition; powers. (Byron)|
Summary as Introduced:
|Virginia Workforce Council; composition; powers. Provides for the Virginia Workforce Council to review the state's annual plan for postsecondary vocational education activities authorized under the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 2301 et seq.) to ensure that the plan is aligned with the state's plan for coordinating programs authorized under Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 USC §2801 et seq.) and the federal Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. § 49 et seq.). The bill also (i) adds the chair of the board of directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and a representative of kindergarten through grade 12 education providers to the Council, (ii) removes from the Council the position for a second representative of labor in addition to the president of the Virginia AFL-CIO, and (iii) provides for the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Education, and Health and Human Resources to appoint designees to serve on the Council.|
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
§ 2.2-2669. Virginia Workforce Council; purpose; membership; terms; compensation and expenses; staff.
A. The Virginia Workforce Council (the Council) is established as a policy council, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Council shall be to assist and advise the Governor in meeting workforce training needs in the Commonwealth through recommendation of policies and strategies to increase coordination and thus efficiencies of operation between all education and workforce programs with responsibilities and resources for occupational training.
B. The Council shall consist of
1. The Council shall include two members of the House of
Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates
2. The Governor or his designee; the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Education, and Health and Human Resources or their designees; the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System; the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission; the chair of the board of directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation; and the president of the Virginia AFL-CIO shall serve as ex officio members.
3. The Governor shall appoint members as follows: one mayor
and one chairperson of a county board of supervisors;
Members appointed in accordance with this subdivision shall serve four-year terms, subject to the pleasure of the Governor, and may be reappointed.
C. If one person appointed to fill one of the enumerated positions in subsection B also qualifies to fill any other of the enumerated positions, such person may, at the discretion of the Governor, be deemed to fill any or all of the enumerated positions for which such person qualifies.
D. The Governor shall select a chairman and vice-chairman, who shall serve two-year terms, from among the 15 members representing the business community appointed in accordance with subdivision B 3. No member shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms as chairman. The Council shall meet upon the call of the chair or the Governor.
E. Compensation and reimbursement of expenses of the members shall be as follows:
1. Legislative members appointed in accordance with subdivision B 1 shall receive such compensation and reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in §§ 2.2-2813, 2.2-2825, and 30-19.12.
2. Members of the Council appointed in accordance with subdivision B 2 shall not receive compensation but shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in §§ 2.2-2813 and 2.2-2825.
3. Members of the Council appointed in accordance with subdivision B 3 shall not receive compensation but shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in §§ 2.2-2813 and 2.2-2825.
Funding for the costs of compensation and expenses of the members shall be provided from federal funds received under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220, as amended).
F. The Office of the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System shall provide strategic guidance and staff support to the Council.
§ 2.2-2670. Powers and duties of the Council; Virginia Workforce Network created.
A. The Council shall undertake the following actions to
implement and foster workforce training
1. Provide policy advice to the Governor on workforce and workforce development issues;
2. Provide policy direction to local workforce investment boards;
3. Review the annual state plan for secondary and postsecondary vocational education activities authorized under the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 2301 et seq.) to ensure alignment with the state's plan for coordinating programs authorized under Title I of the Workforce Investment act of 1998 (WIA) and under the federal Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. § 49 et seq.);
4. Review the annual state plan for other education and workforce development programs that provide resources and funding for training and employment services as identified by the Governor or Council;
5. Identify current and emerging statewide workforce needs of the business community;
B. The Council shall establish at least two committees as follows: one committee to accomplish the aims of the WIA and one committee to focus on high-technology workforce training needs through sector strategies and career pathways.
C. The Council and the Governor's cabinet secretaries shall
assist the Governor in complying with the provisions of the WIA and ensuring
the coordination and effectiveness all federal and state funded
career and technical and adult education and workforce development of
programs and providers comprising elements of the
D. The Council shall assist the Governor in the following
areas with respect to workforce development: development of the WIA-Wagner Peyser State Plan;
development and continuous improvement of a statewide
The Council shall share information regarding its meetings and activities with the public.
E. Each local workforce investment board shall develop and submit to the Governor and the Virginia Workforce Council an annual workforce demand plan for its workforce investment board area based on a survey of local and regional businesses that reflects the local employers' needs and requirements and the availability of trained workers to meet those needs and requirements; designate or certify one-stop operators; identify eligible providers of youth activities; identify eligible providers of intensive services if unavailable at one-stop; develop a budget; conduct local oversight of one-stop operators and training providers in partnership with its local chief elected official; negotiate local performance measures, including incentives for good performance and penalties for inadequate performance; assist in developing statewide employment statistics; coordinate workforce investment activities with economic development strategies and the annual demand plan, and develop linkages among them; develop and enter into memoranda of understanding with one-stop partners and implement the terms of such memoranda; promote participation by the private sector; actively seek sources of financing in addition to WIA funds; report performance statistics to the Virginia Workforce Council; and certify local training providers in accordance with criteria provided by the Virginia Workforce Council.
Each local workforce investment board shall share information regarding its meetings and activities with the public.
F. Each chief local elected official shall consult with the Governor regarding designation of local workforce investment areas; appoint members to the local board in accordance with state criteria; serve as the local grant recipient unless another entity is designated in the local plan; negotiate local performance measures with the Governor; ensure that all mandated partners are active participants in the local workforce investment board and one-stop center and collaborate with the local workforce investment board on local plans and program oversight.
G. Each local workforce investment board shall develop and enter into a memorandum of understanding concerning the operation of the one-stop delivery system in the local area with each entity that carries out any of the following programs or activities:
1. Programs authorized under Title I of the WIA;
2. Programs authorized under the Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. § 49 et seq.);
3. Adult education and literacy activities authorized under Title II of the WIA;
4. Programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 720 et seq.);
5. Welfare-to-work programs authorized under § 403 (a) (5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 603 (a) (5));
15. Other programs or activities as required by WIA legislation.
H. The Governor shall be responsible for the coordination of the Virginia Career Pathways System and Workforce Network and the implementation of the WIA.