1-1     By:  Rodriguez, Yarbrough (Senate Sponsor - Madla)     H.B. No. 160

 1-2           (In the Senate - Received from the House April 14, 1997;

 1-3     April 16, 1997, read first time and referred to Committee on

 1-4     Economic Development; April 25, 1997, reported favorably by the

 1-5     following vote:  Yeas 10, Nays 0; April 25, 1997, sent to printer.)

 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-7                                   AN ACT

 1-8     relating to the establishment of an advisory committee to the Texas

 1-9     Workforce Commission on apprenticeship and job-training issues.


1-11           SECTION 1.  Section 133.001, Education Code, is amended by

1-12     amending Subdivision (5) and by adding Subdivisions (7) and (8) to

1-13     read as follows:

1-14                 (5)  "Commission" means the Texas Workforce

1-15     [Employment] Commission.

1-16                 (7)  "Advisory committee" means the apprenticeship and

1-17     training advisory committee.

1-18                 (8)  "Executive director" means the executive director

1-19     of the commission.

1-20           SECTION 2.  Chapter 133, Education Code, is amended by adding

1-21     Sections 133.010 and 133.011 to read as follows:


1-23     COMMITTEE.  (a)  The apprenticeship and training advisory committee

1-24     is composed of 15 voting members appointed by the executive

1-25     director as follows:

1-26                 (1)  four members must be persons who represent

1-27     employers of members of apprenticible trades, two of whom are

1-28     signatories to collective bargaining agreements and two of whom are

1-29     not signatories to collective bargaining agreements;

1-30                 (2)  three members must be persons who represent

1-31     bargaining agents for members of apprenticible trades;

1-32                 (3)  six members must be persons who are employed as

1-33     training directors or program administrators of programs

1-34     administered by apprenticeship committees, four of whom are jointly

1-35     sponsored by labor and management and two of whom are sponsored by

1-36     management only; and

1-37                 (4)  two members must be persons who are employed by

1-38     public schools or state postsecondary educational institutions who

1-39     teach or immediately supervise preparatory instruction,

1-40     supplementary instruction, or related instruction courses for

1-41     apprenticeship programs.

1-42           (b)  A person is not eligible for appointment as a member of

1-43     the advisory committee if the person is required to register with

1-44     the secretary of state under Chapter 305, Government Code.

1-45           (c)  Members of the committee serve for staggered terms of

1-46     four years, with the terms of seven or eight members expiring

1-47     February 1 of each even-numbered year.

1-48           (d)  A vacancy in a position on the committee shall be filled

1-49     in the same manner in which the position was originally filled and

1-50     shall be filled by a person who meets the qualifications of the

1-51     vacated position.

1-52           Sec. 133.011.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

1-53     (a)  The advisory committee shall recommend and evaluate a

1-54     statewide plan for the development of a comprehensive program of

1-55     apprenticeship training.  The executive director may designate

1-56     additional duties to be performed by the advisory committee.

1-57           (b)  The advisory committee shall meet at least twice a year

1-58     and at the call of the executive director.  In the event of an

1-59     emergency, the advisory committee may meet at the call of a

1-60     majority of the members of the committee.

1-61           (c)  A member of the advisory committee is not entitled to

1-62     compensation for service on the committee and is not entitled to

1-63     reimbursement for expenses incurred in performing functions as a

1-64     member of the committee.

 2-1           (d)  The advisory committee is not subject to Article

 2-2     6252-33, Revised Statutes.

 2-3           SECTION 3.  Section 2308.102(c), Government Code, is amended

 2-4     to conform to Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th

 2-5     Legislature, Regular Session, 1995, and further amended to read as

 2-6     follows:

 2-7           (c)  The council shall assume the responsibilities formerly

 2-8     exercised by the following state advisory councils:

 2-9                 (1)  the State Job Training Coordinating Council;

2-10                 (2)  the Texas Council on Vocational Education; and

2-11                 (3)  [the technical advisory committee to the State

2-12     Occupational Information Coordinating Council;]

2-13                 [(4)]  the Texas Literacy Council[; and]

2-14                 [(5)  the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory

2-15     Committee].

2-16           SECTION 4.  Section 11.17, Chapter 655, Acts of the 74th

2-17     Legislature, Regular Session, 1995, is repealed.

2-18           SECTION 5.  (a)  A person who served as a member of the

2-19     Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee, as that committee

2-20     existed before abolition under Section 19, Chapter 771, Acts of the

2-21     73rd Legislature, Regular Session, 1993, is eligible for

2-22     appointment to the apprenticeship and training advisory committee

2-23     as created under Chapter 133, Education Code, as amended by this

2-24     Act.

2-25           (b)  In appointing the initial members of the apprenticeship

2-26     and training advisory committee, as created under Chapter 133,

2-27     Education Code, as amended by this Act, the executive director of

2-28     the Texas Workforce Commission shall appoint as members two persons

2-29     who represent employers of members of apprenticible trades, two

2-30     persons who represent bargaining agents for members of

2-31     apprenticible trades, three persons who are employed as training

2-32     directors or program administrators, and one person employed by a

2-33     public school or state postsecondary educational institution for

2-34     terms expiring February 1, 2000.  The balance of the initial

2-35     members shall be appointed for terms expiring February 1, 2002.

2-36           SECTION 6.  Not later than December 1, 1998, the

2-37     apprenticeship and training advisory committee shall deliver a copy

2-38     of the initial plan described by Section 133.011(a), Education

2-39     Code, as added by this Act to:

2-40                 (1)  the governor;

2-41                 (2)  the lieutenant governor;

2-42                 (3)  the speaker of the house of representatives; and

2-43                 (4)  the executive director of the Texas Workforce

2-44     Commission.

2-45           SECTION 7.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.

2-46           SECTION 8.  The importance of this legislation and the

2-47     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

2-48     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

2-49     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

2-50     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.

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