Bill Text: TX HB700 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to the use of the skills development fund by certain entities and a study and report regarding the effectiveness of that fund.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-14 - Effective on 9/1/19 [HB700 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB700-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 700
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the use of the skills development fund by certain
  entities and a study and report regarding the effectiveness of that
  fund.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 303.001(a), Labor Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The purpose of this chapter is to remove administrative
  barriers that impede the response of public community and technical
  colleges, community-based organizations, local workforce
  development boards, and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
  to industry and workforce training needs and to develop incentives
  for public community and technical colleges, community-based
  organizations, local workforce development boards, and the Texas
  A&M Engineering Extension Service to provide customized assessment
  and training in a timely and efficient manner.
         SECTION 2.  Section 303.002(b), Labor Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  A public community or technical college or the Texas A&M
  Engineering Extension Service may recover customized assessment
  and training costs incurred by the institution if:
               (1)  there is an actual or projected labor shortage in
  the occupation in which training is provided that is not being met
  by an existing institution or program in the area; and
               (2)  the wages at the time of job placement for
  individuals who successfully complete customized training at the
  public community or technical college or the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service are equal to the prevailing wage for that
  occupation in the local labor market area.
         SECTION 3.  Sections 303.003(b), (f), (g), and (h), Labor
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The skills development fund may be used by public
  community and technical colleges, community-based organizations,
  local workforce development boards, and the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service as start-up or emergency funds for the following
  job-training purposes:
               (1)  developing customized training programs for
  businesses and trade unions; and
               (2)  sponsoring small and medium-sized business
  networks and consortiums.
         (f)  The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service shall focus
  the service's training activities under this chapter on programs
  that:
               (1)  are statewide in nature; or
               (2)  are not available from a local junior college
  district, a local technical college, or a consortium of junior
  college districts.
         (g)  This section does not prohibit the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service from participating in a consortium of junior
  college districts or with a technical college that provides
  training under this chapter.
         (h)  A community-based organization may apply for money to
  participate in a training program only in partnership with a
  community and technical college or the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service. A community-based organization providing
  services regulated by the state shall provide evidence of any
  certification, license, or registration required by law.
         SECTION 4.  (a) The Texas Workforce Commission shall
  conduct a study on and develop recommendations for increasing the
  effectiveness of the skills development fund established under
  Chapter 303, Labor Code. The recommendations must include
  strategies for better achieving the fund's purposes, improving
  outcomes, and expanding participation in the opportunities
  available through the fund.
         (b)  Not later than December 1, 2020, the Texas Workforce
  Commission shall submit to the governor, the lieutenant governor,
  the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chairs of the
  legislative committees with appropriate jurisdiction a report
  detailing the commission's findings and recommendations under
  Subsection (a) of this section.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 700 was passed by the House on April
  26, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 127, Nays 12, 2 present, not
  voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
  H.B. No. 700 on May 17, 2019, and requested the appointment of a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 700 on May 26, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 111,
  Nays 28, 2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 700 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 14, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 25, Nays
  6; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference
  committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and
  that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No.
  700 on May 26, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 2.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor       
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