Bill Text: TX HB3186 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the participation in and reimbursement from the skills development fund of certain entities.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-21 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB3186 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB3186-Comm_Sub.html
  87R13436 SGM-F
 
  By: Raney, Guillen H.B. No. 3186
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 3186:
 
  By:  Muñoz, Jr. C.S.H.B. No. 3186
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the participation in and reimbursement from the skills
  development fund of certain entities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 303.001(a), Labor Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The purpose of this chapter is to remove administrative
  barriers that impede the response of public community and technical
  colleges, community-based organizations, local workforce
  development boards, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station,
  and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service to industry and
  workforce training needs and to develop incentives for public
  community and technical colleges, community-based organizations,
  local workforce development boards, the Texas A&M Engineering
  Experiment Station, and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
  to provide customized assessment and training in a timely and
  efficient manner.
         SECTION 2.  Section 303.002(b), Labor Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  A public community or technical college, the Texas A&M
  Engineering Experiment Station, or the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service may recover customized assessment and training
  costs incurred by the college, station, or service [institution]
  if:
               (1)  there is an actual or projected labor shortage in
  the occupation in which training is provided that is not being met
  by an existing institution or program in the area; and
               (2)  the wages at the time of job placement for
  individuals who successfully complete customized training at the
  public community or technical college, the Texas A&M Engineering
  Experiment Station, or the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
  are equal to the prevailing wage for that occupation in the local
  labor market area.
         SECTION 3.  Section 303.003, Labor Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (b), (f), (g), and (h) and adding Subsection
  (d-1) to read as follows:
         (b)  The skills development fund may be used by public
  community and technical colleges, community-based organizations,
  local workforce development boards, the Texas A&M Engineering
  Experiment Station, and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
  as start-up or emergency funds for the following job-training
  purposes:
               (1)  developing customized training programs for
  businesses and trade unions; and
               (2)  sponsoring small and medium-sized business
  networks and consortiums.
         (d-1)  The commission by rule shall adopt a procedure under
  which an employer may seek and obtain direct reimbursement from the
  skills development fund for costs incurred by the employer in
  relation to customized training or certification completed by the
  employer's employees under a grant agreement authorized under this
  chapter.
         (f)  The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the
  Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service shall focus the station's
  or service's training activities under this chapter on programs
  that:
               (1)  are statewide in nature; or
               (2)  are not available from a local junior college
  district, a local technical college, or a consortium of junior
  college districts.
         (g)  This section does not prohibit the Texas A&M Engineering
  Experiment Station or the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
  from participating in a consortium of junior college districts or
  with a technical college that provides training under this chapter.
         (h)  A community-based organization may apply for money to
  participate in a training program only in partnership with a
  community and technical college, the Texas A&M Engineering
  Experiment Station, or the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
  A community-based organization providing services regulated by the
  state shall provide evidence of any certification, license, or
  registration required by law.
         SECTION 4.  Section 303.004, Labor Code, is amended to read
  as follows:
         Sec. 303.004.  FUND REVIEW; REPORT BY CERTAIN WORKFORCE
  TRAINING PROVIDERS REQUIRED. (a) The Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board shall review all customized training programs
  biennially to verify that state funds are being used appropriately
  by public community and technical colleges, the Texas A&M
  Engineering Experiment Station, and the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service under this chapter.
         (b)  Not later than October 1 of each even-numbered year, the
  Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service, and each public community or technical college
  that provides workforce training under this chapter shall:
               (1)  conduct a review of the station's, service's, or
  college's training programs to:
                     (A)  determine the effectiveness of the programs
  in improving the wages of participants who complete the programs;
  and
                     (B)  identify strategies for improving the
  delivery of workforce training in order to more effectively impact
  economic development in this state; and
               (2)  submit to the commission a detailed written report
  summarizing the results of the review for inclusion by the
  executive director in the report to the governor and the
  legislature required by Section 303.006(c).
         (c)  If the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the
  Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, or a public community or
  technical college fails to submit a report required by Subsection
  (b)(2):
               (1)  the station, service, or college must refund to
  the comptroller any unexpended state funds received by the station,
  service, or college under this chapter for the state fiscal
  biennium in which the report was due; and
               (2)  the commission may not award any additional grant
  to the station, service, or college under this chapter until the
  station, service, or college has complied with that reporting
  requirement.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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