By Deshotel H.B. No. 1934 77R7170 PB-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to training conducted by the Texas Workforce Commission in 1-3 certain life skills that enhance employment opportunities. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 302, Labor Code, is amended 1-6 by adding Section 302.010 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 302.010. LIFE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM. (a) In this 1-8 section, "life skills training" means training that is 1-9 specifically designed to improve or enhance the ability of a person 1-10 receiving the training to obtain or retain a position of 1-11 employment. The term includes training in: 1-12 (1) preparation for participating in a job interview; 1-13 (2) personal health and hygiene skills; 1-14 (3) money management; 1-15 (4) management of work and family responsibilities, 1-16 particularly as regards child care; 1-17 (5) working as a member of a team in a job 1-18 environment; 1-19 (6) self-advocacy; 1-20 (7) community employment resources; and 1-21 (8) returning to the workforce after a period of 1-22 unemployment. 1-23 (b) The commission by rule shall establish and administer a 1-24 life skills training program to assist persons who are seeking 2-1 employment. The commission shall post a notice regarding the 2-2 program in each employment office operated by the commission under 2-3 Chapter 307. The notice must include the telephone number of the 2-4 commission through which a person interested in the training may 2-5 obtain more information from the commission. 2-6 (c) Notwithstanding any other law, the commission may fund 2-7 the life skills training program through the money received by the 2-8 commission for operation of the smart jobs fund program. 2-9 SECTION 2. (a) Except as provided by Subsections (b) and (c) 2-10 of this section, this Act takes effect September 1, 2001. 2-11 (b) The Texas Workforce Commission shall adopt rules as 2-12 required by Section 302.010, Labor Code, as added by this Act, not 2-13 later than November 1, 2001. The life skills training program 2-14 required by Section 302.010, Labor Code, as added by this Act, 2-15 shall begin not later than January 1, 2002. 2-16 (c) This Act takes effect only if legislation proposed by 2-17 the 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, relating to 2-18 transferring the operation, funding, and administration of the 2-19 smart jobs fund program from the Texas Department of Economic 2-20 Development to the Texas Workforce Commission, is passed and 2-21 becomes law. If that proposed legislation does not pass and become 2-22 law, this Act has no effect.