Bill Text: TX HB2784 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to the creation of the Texas Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Grant Program.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-2)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-14 - Effective on 9/1/19 [HB2784 Detail]

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  By: Phelan H.B. No. 2784
  relating to the creation of the Texas Industrial Workforce
  Apprenticeship grant program.
         SECTION 1.  C
  hapter 481, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter EE to read as follows:
         Sec. 481.601.  PURPOSE. The purpose of the Texas Industrial
  Workforce Apprenticeship grant program is to meet the immediate
  industrial workforce needs of the state resulting from the impact
  of Hurricane Harvey and overall workforce shortages.
         Sec. 481.602.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter,
               (1)  "Apprenticeship program" means a training program
  that provides on-the-job training, preparatory instruction,
  supplementary instruction, or related instruction in a trade that
  has been certified as an apprenticible occupation by the Bureau of
  Apprenticeship Training of the United States Department of Labor.
               (2)  "Person" means an individual or a corporation,
  partnership, limited liability company, business trust, trust,
  association, or other organization, estate, or other legal entity,
  or a series of a domestic limited liability company or foreign
  entity.  The term does not include government or a governmental
  subdivision or agency.
         Sec. 481.603.  PROGRAM. The office shall establish and
  administer the Texas Industrial Workforce Apprenticeship grant
  program to encourage the private sector to develop specialized
  industrial workforce apprenticeship training programs.  Under the
  program, the office shall provide grants for persons who meet the
  requirements in Section 481.605.
  FUND. (a)  The Texas Industrial Workforce Apprenticeship Fund is a
  dedicated account in the general revenue fund.
         (b)  The following amounts shall be deposited in the fund:
               (1)  any amounts appropriated by the legislature for
  the fund for purposes described by this chapter;
               (2)  interest earned on the investment of money in the
  fund; and
               (3)  gifts, grants, and other donations received for
  the fund.
         (c)  The fund may be used only for an apprenticeship program
  that meets the requirements of Section 481.605.
         Sec. 481.605.  APPLICATION; ELIGIBILITY FOR GRANT. (a) To
  be eligible to receive a grant under this section, the person must:
               (1)  be in good standing under the laws of the state in
  which the person was formed or organized, as evidenced by a
  certificate issued by the secretary of state or the state official
  having custody of the records pertaining to entities or other
  organizations formed under the laws of that state; and
               (2)  owe no delinquent taxes to a taxing unit of this
         (b)  The person shall also have in place an apprenticeship
  program that:
               (1)  provides on-the-job training under an
  industry-recognized, accredited training curriculum;
               (2)  guarantees employment for participants during and
  upon completion of the training period;
               (3)  pays each participant a minimum of $15 per hour
  during the training period, and provides eligibility for
  participants to receive full-time employee benefits during and upon
  completion of the training period;
               (4)  requires participants to advance their skills, at
  a minimum, to a credentialed mid-level status in the field related
  to the apprenticeship program;
               (5)  has a duration of no less than 16 weeks and no
  longer than 26 weeks; and
               (6)  gives preference to training and hiring:
                     (A)  unemployed Texans listed on the database of
  the Texas Workforce Commission;
                     (B)  U.S. military veterans;
                     (C)  formerly incarcerated individuals; and
                     (D)  underemployed individuals who are working
  without industry-recognized credentials or certifications.
         Sec. 481.606.  LIMITATIONS ON GRANT AMOUNT. The amount of a
  grant under this chapter may not exceed $10,000 per apprenticeship
  program participant to reimburse the cost of training, not
  including wages and benefits.
         Sec. 481.607.  REQUIREMENTS; GRANT AWARD.  (a)  Before
  awarding a grant to a person under this section, the office shall
  determine that a sufficient number of apprenticeship program
               (1)  completed the program and achieved the training
  requirements specified by Section 481.605(b) (4); and
               (2)  have maintained available and suitable employment
  for a period not less than six months cumulatively after completion
  of the apprenticeship program.
         (b)  The office by rule may develop the criteria for making
  the determinations specified by Subsection (a).
         (c)  The office shall distribute the grant funds as a
  reimbursement for training costs incurred by grant recipients in
  accordance with Section 481.606.
         Sec. 481.608.  PROGRAM RULES. (a)  The executive director
  shall adopt rules to administer and enforce this chapter.
         (b)  The office shall post a copy of the rules on its website.
         Sec. 481.609.  ANNUAL REPORT. (a)  By December 1 of each
  year, the office shall submit to the lieutenant governor, the
  speaker of the house of representatives, and each other member of
  the legislature a report on grants made under Section 481.607 that
               (1)  the number of direct jobs each recipient created
  in this state in each category of the Equal Employment Opportunity
               (2)  the median wage of the jobs each recipient created
  in this state;
               (3)  the total amount of grants made to each recipient;
               (4)  the number and categorization of program
  participants trained and employed by each recipient under Section
         (b)  The report may not include information that is made
  confidential by law.
         (c)  The office may require a recipient of a grant under
  Section 481.607 to submit, on a form the office provides,
  information required to complete the report.
         (d)  The office shall post the annual report on its website.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.