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NO. 143. AN ACT RELATING TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION.

(H.754)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. Sec. 4 of No. 204 of the Acts of 1994 is amended to read:

Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE; SUNSET

This act shall take effect on passage and shall terminate *[July 1, 1999]* December 31, 2001 unless extended by act of the general assembly. Unless extended, the corporation shall cease to exist and its functions, assets, liabilities and resources shall be transferred to an office to be established by the governor in the agency of administration. The corporation authorized by 10 V.S.A. § 122(a) shall not enter into a contract obligating the corporation beyond *[July 1, 1999]* December 31, 2001.

Sec. 2. 10 V.S.A. § 124(b)(1) is amended to read:

(b) The number of directors of the center shall be *[11]* 12.

(1) The governor shall appoint *[nine]* ten directors, who shall serve a term of two years from the date of the first regular meeting of the board; one such director shall be appointed as chair. *[One director appointed by the governor]* Of the directors appointed by the governor, one shall be nominated by and represent the regional planning commissions, *[and]* one director shall be nominated by and represent the municipalities*[. Three directors appointed by the governor]* , three shall be knowledgeable in the use of GIS in higher education and one shall represent commercial users of Vermont GIS data. The remaining four directors appointed by the governor shall represent the interests of the agencies of administration, transportation, natural resources, and commerce and community development. Directors appointed by the governor shall serve at the pleasure of the governor subject to the provisions of 3 V.S.A. § 258.

Sec. 3. 21 V.S.A. § 1101 is amended to read:

§ 1101. APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION AND COUNCIL

Sec. 4. 21 V.S.A. § 1102 is amended to read:

§ 1102. MEETINGS, REGULATIONS

The council shall meet semiannually and as often as may be necessary in the opinion of the majority of the members. The *[chairman]* chair shall designate the time and place of all meetings. The council shall establish minimum standards for apprenticeship and all *[on the job]* on-the-job training. The council shall also make provision for the registration and approval of apprenticeship and all *[on the job]* on-the-job training programs and individual apprentice and all on the job training agreements. The council may *[make such]* adopt rules *[and regulations]* relating to its policy as are necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of this chapter; may issue state certificates of completion of apprenticeship to apprentices who have completed their trade training under apprenticeship programs registered and approved by the council; may issue certificates to *[on the job]* on-the-job trainees upon completion of training, may utilize the services of any state or federal agency or department which may be of assistance in carrying out its duties and the purposes of thischapter.

Sec. 5. 21 V.S.A. § 1103 is amended to read:

§ 1103. SUPPLEMENTARY INSTRUCTION

(a) The department of *[labor and industry]* employment and training shall provide for related and supplementary instruction for apprentices employed under apprenticeship programs registered and approved by the council, and for all *[on the-job]* on-the-job trainees.

(b) The department of *[labor and industry]* employment and training may charge fees to the employers of apprentices registered in Vermont and to nonregistered individuals to help offset the cost of apprenticeship related instruction provided by the department. The charges shall not exceed $1.50 per classroom hour for Vermont registered apprentices and $3.00 per classroom hour for all others. The fees shall be used, in conjunction with other approved funds, to provide classroom instruction primarily for Vermont registered apprentices. The Vermont department of *[labor and industry]* employment and training may adopt rules to carry out this provision.

Sec. 6. 21 V.S.A. § 1104 is amended to read:

§ 1104. ASSISTANTS

The commissioner of employment and training, with the approval of the governor, shall have power to employ and fix the compensation of such personnel of the apprenticeship division as the commissioner may deem necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The commissioner shall also have authority to purchase such office equipment, supplies, printing and field supplies as *[he deems]* are deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. The members of the council shall serve without pay, but shall receive their necessary expenses incurred in attendance at meetings, to be paid on warrants issued by the commissioner of finance and management on approval of the commissioner of employment and training.

Approved: April 21, 1998