JKM C.S.H.B. 160 75(R) BILL ANALYSIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT C.S.H.B. 160 By: Rodriguez 3-26-97 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND The Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee (Committee) existed for nearly two decades; during the 73rd Legislative session it was abolished and its duties were assumed by the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness (TCWEC). The apprenticeship training programs are currently represented by one person on TCWEC. Individuals involved with apprenticeship training programs assert that they need more representation. They believe the Committee should be recreated and placed under the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), because TWC's mission more closely parallels the goals of the apprenticeship programs. PURPOSE H. B. 160 will reinstate the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee as a formal technical advisory group to provide advice on issues related to apprenticeship training in Texas under the Texas Workforce Commission. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1.Amends Section 133.001 of the Education Code by amending Subdivision (5) and by adding Subdivisions (7) and (8). Subdivision (5) is amended to clarify that the Texas Employment Commission is now the Texas Workforce Commission. Subdivisions (7) and (8) identifies and defines "advisory committee" and "executive director." SECTION 2.Amends Chapter 133 of the Education Code by adding Sections 133.010 and 133.011. Section 133.010 creates the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee, outlines the membership requirements of fifteen members, specifies that anyone required to register under Chapter 305, Government Code, is ineligible to serve, terms for members, and provisions for filling vacancies. Section 133.011 delineates the powers and duties of the advisory committee. Subsection (a) states that the advisory committee shall recommend and evaluate a plan for the statewide development of training. Subsection (b) lays out meeting requirements for the committee. Subsection (c) states that a member of the committee is not entitled to compensation for service or expenses incurred during service. Subsection (d) states that the committee is not subject to Article 6252-33, Revised Statutes. Section 133.011 delineates the powers and duties of the advisory committee. Sec. 133.001(a) states the committee shall recommend and evaluate a statewide plan for the development of apprenticeship training. Subsection (b) instructs the committee to meet at least twice a year, and stipulates how the committee is to meet in the event of an emergency. Subsection (c) states that members are eligible for reimbursement of actual and reasonable expenses incurred while performing functions as a committee member. Subsection (d) exempts the advisory committee from Article 6252-33, Revised Statutes. SECTION 3.Amends Section 2308.102(c) of the Government Code, by deleting mention of the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee, thereby removing TCWEC's responsibility to act as the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee. SECTION 4.Repeals Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th Legislature, Regular Session, 1995. SECTION 5.Clarifies that a person who served as a member of the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee before it was abolished in 1993 is eligible to serve in this committee. Additionally, it outlines the length of the terms of the members. SECTION 6.Lays forth the requirement that the committee deliver a copy of the initial plan described in Section 133.011 (a), Education Code, to the governor, lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission. SECTION 7. Effective date. SECTION 8. Emergency clause. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE SECTION 1 of CSHB 160 changes the advisory committee makeup from 21 to 15 members, to better reflect management and labor involvement in apprenticeship training. SECTION 2 of CSHB 160 removes reimbursement for committee member travel. SECTION 6 of CSHB 160 is added to require the committee to deliver a copy of the apprenticeship training program plan to the designated state officials.