By Rodriguez H.B. No. 160
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the establishment of an advisory committee to the Texas
1-3 Workforce Commission on apprenticeship and job-training issues.
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 133.001, Education Code, is amended by
1-6 amending Subdivision (5) and by adding Subdivisions (7) and (8) to
1-7 read as follows:
1-8 (5) "Commission" means the Texas Workforce
1-10 (7) "Advisory committee" means the apprenticeship and
1-11 training advisory committee.
1-12 (8) "Executive director" means the executive director
1-13 of the commission.
1-14 SECTION 2. Chapter 133, Education Code, is amended by adding
1-15 Sections 133.010 and 133.011 to read as follows:
1-16 Sec. 133.010. APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING ADVISORY
1-17 COMMITTEE. (a) The apprenticeship and training advisory committee
1-18 is composed of 15 voting members appointed by the executive
1-19 director as follows:
1-20 (1) three members must be persons who represent
1-21 employers of members of apprenticible trades;
1-22 (2) five members must be persons who represent
1-23 bargaining agents for members of apprenticible trades;
1-24 (3) five members must be persons who are employed as
2-1 training directors or program administrators of programs
2-2 administered by apprenticeship committees of programs jointly
2-3 sponsored by labor and business; and
2-4 (4) two members must be persons who are employed by
2-5 public schools or state postsecondary educational institutions who
2-6 teach or immediately supervise preparatory instruction,
2-7 supplementary instruction, or related instruction courses for
2-8 apprenticeship programs.
2-9 (b) In addition to the voting members appointed under
2-10 Subsection (a), the following persons shall serve as nonvoting
2-12 (1) one person designated by and representing the
2-13 Texas Education Agency;
2-14 (2) one person designated by and representing the
2-15 Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness;
2-16 (3) one person designated by and representing the
2-17 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
2-18 (4) one person designated by and representing the
2-19 Bureau of Apprenticeship Training of the United States Department
2-20 of Labor;
2-21 (5) one person designated by and representing the
2-22 training divisions of the Texas Engineering Extension Service of
2-23 The Texas A&M University System; and
2-24 (6) one person representing the general public who:
2-25 (A) is designated by the commissioner of
2-27 (B) has demonstrated familiarity with the goals
3-1 and needs of technical vocational education in this state; and
3-2 (C) is not otherwise eligible for service on the
3-3 advisory committee.
3-4 (c) A person is not eligible for appointment as a member of
3-5 the advisory committee if the person is required to register with
3-6 the secretary of state under Chapter 305, Government Code.
3-7 (d) Voting members of the committee serve for staggered
3-8 terms of four years, with the terms of seven or eight members
3-9 expiring February 1 of each even-numbered year. The public member
3-10 of the committee serves a four-year term expiring February 1 of
3-11 every other even-numbered year. Each other nonvoting member of the
3-12 committee serves at the pleasure of the agency or institution that
3-13 the member represents.
3-14 (e) A vacancy in a position on the committee shall be filled
3-15 in the same manner in which the position was originally filled and
3-16 shall be filled by a person who meets the qualifications of the
3-17 vacated position.
3-18 Sec. 133.011. POWERS AND DUTIES OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE. (a)
3-19 The advisory committee shall recommend and evaluate a statewide
3-20 plan for the development of a comprehensive program of
3-21 apprenticeship training. The executive director may designate
3-22 additional duties to be performed by the advisory committee.
3-23 (b) The advisory committee shall meet at least twice a year
3-24 and at the call of the executive director. In the event of an
3-25 emergency, the advisory committee may meet at the call of a
3-26 majority of the members of the committee.
3-27 (c) A member of the advisory committee is not entitled to
4-1 compensation for service on the committee but is entitled to
4-2 reimbursement for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in
4-3 performing functions as a member of the committee, subject to any
4-4 applicable limitation prescribed by the General Appropriations Act.
4-5 (d) The advisory committee is not subject to Article
4-6 6252-33, Revised Statutes.
4-7 SECTION 3. Section 2308.102(c), Government Code, is amended
4-8 to conform to Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th
4-9 Legislature, Regular Session, 1995, and further amended to read as
4-11 (c) The council shall assume the responsibilities formerly
4-12 exercised by the following state advisory councils:
4-13 (1) the State Job Training Coordinating Council;
4-14 (2) the Texas Council on Vocational Education; and
4-15 (3) [ the technical advisory committee to the State
4-16 Occupational Information Coordinating Council;]
4-17 [ (4)] the Texas Literacy Council[ ; and]
4-18 [ (5) the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory
4-20 SECTION 4. Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th
4-21 Legislature, Regular Session, 1995, is repealed.
4-22 SECTION 5. (a) A person who served as a member of the
4-23 Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee, as that committee
4-24 existed before abolition under Section 19, Chapter 771, Acts of the
4-25 73rd Legislature, Regular Session, 1993, is eligible for
4-26 appointment to the apprenticeship and training advisory committee
4-27 as created under Chapter 133, Education Code, as added by this Act.
5-1 (b) In appointing the initial voting members of the
5-2 apprenticeship and training advisory committee, as created under
5-3 Chapter 133, Education Code, as added by this Act, the executive
5-4 director of the Texas Workforce Commission shall appoint as members
5-5 two persons who represent employers of members of apprenticible
5-6 trades, two persons who represent bargaining agents for members of
5-7 apprenticible trades, two persons who are employed as training
5-8 directors or program administrators, and one person employed by a
5-9 public school or state postsecondary educational institution for
5-10 terms expiring February 1, 2000. The balance of the initial voting
5-11 members shall be appointed for terms expiring February 1, 2002.
5-12 The initial public member of the advisory committee who is
5-13 designated by the commissioner of education serves a term expiring
5-14 February 1, 2000.
5-15 SECTION 6. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.
5-16 SECTION 7. The importance of this legislation and the
5-17 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
5-18 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
5-19 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
5-20 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.