SRC-JFA H.B. 160 75(R) BILL ANALYSIS Senate Research Center H.B. 160 By: Rodriguez (Madla) Economic Development 4-20-97 As Filed DIGEST Currently, the responsibilities of an apprenticeship and training advisory committee are contained within the Texas Council on Economic and Workforce Competitiveness. This bill establishes a separate advisory committee to the Texas Workforce Commission on apprenticeship and job training issues. H.B. 160 sets forth the duties and responsibilities for the apprenticeship and training advisory committee. PURPOSE As proposed, H.B. 160 reestablishes a separate advisory committee on apprenticeship related issues within the Texas Workforce Commission. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY This bill does not grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 133.001, Education Code, by amending Subdivision 5 and by adding Subdivisions (7) and (8), to redefine "commission" and to define "advisory committee" and "executive director." SECTION 2. Amends Chapter 133, Education Code, by adding Sections 133.010 and 133.011, as follows: Sec. 133.010. APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Sets forth the composition of the apprenticeship and training advisory committee (advisory committee). Provides that a person is not eligible for appointment as a member of the advisory committee if the person is required to register with the secretary of state under Chapter 305, Government Code. Sets forth terms of members of the advisory committee. Requires a vacancy in a position on the committee to be filled in the same manner in which the position was originally filled and to be filled by a person who meets the qualifications of the vacated position. Sec. 133.011. POWERS AND DUTIES OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Requires the advisory committee to recommend and evaluate a statewide plan for the development of a comprehensive program of apprenticeship training. Authorizes the executive director to designate additional duties to be performed by the advisory committee. Requires the advisory committee to meet at least twice a year and at the call of the executive director. Authorizes the advisory committee to meet at the call of a majority of the members of the committee. Provides that a member of the advisory committee is not entitled to compensation for service on the committee and is not entitled to reimbursement for expenses incurred in performing functions as a member of the committee. Provides that the advisory committee is not subject to Article 6252-33, V.T.C.S. SECTION 3. Amends 2308.102(c), Government Code, to conform to Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th Legislature, Regular Session, and to delete provisions requiring the Texas Council on Economic and Workforce Competitiveness to assume the responsibilities formerly exercised by, among others, the technical advisory committee to the State Occupational Information Coordinating Council; and the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 4. Repealer: Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th Legislature, Regular Session, 1995 (Workforce and Economic Competitiveness Act). SECTION 5. (a) Provides that a person who served as a member of the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee, as that committee existed before abolition under Section 19, Chapter 771, Acts of the 73rd Legislature, Regular Session, 1993, is eligible for appointment to the apprenticeship and training advisory committee as created under Chapter 133, Education Code, as amended by this Act. (b) Requires the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission, in appointing the initial members of the apprenticeship and training advisory committee, as created under Chapter 133, Education Code, as amended by this Act, to appoint as members two persons who represent employers of members of apprenticible trades, two persons who represent bargaining agents for members of apprenticible trades, three members who are employed as training directors or program administrators, and one person employed by a public school or state postsecondary educational institution for terms expiring February 1, 2000. Requires the balance of the initial members to be appointed for terms expiring February 1, 2002. SECTION 6. Requires the advisory committee, by December 1, 1998, to deliver a copy of the initial plan described by Section 133.011(a), Education Code, as added by this Act to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission. SECTION 7. Effective date: September 1, 1997. SECTION 8. Emergency clause.