AN ACT RELATING TO REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES INVESTMENT COUNCIL
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 541 is added to read:
§ 541. HUMAN RESOURCES INVESTMENT COUNCIL; STATE
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD; MEMBERS, TERMS
(a) The human resources investment council is created as the successor to and the continuation of the governor’s human resources investment council and shall be the state workforce investment board under Public Law 105-220, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and any reauthorization of that act. The council shall consist of members as required under the federal act and the following: the president of the Vermont student assistance corporation; the president of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges; at least two representatives of labor appointed by the governor in addition to the two required under the federal act, at least one of whom shall be chosen from names submitted by labor organizations; one representative of the low income community appointed by the governor; two members of the senate appointed by the senate committee on committees; and two members of the house appointed by the speaker. In addition, the governor shall appoint enough other members who are representatives of business or employers so that one-half plus one of the members of the council are representatives of business or employers. At least one-third of those appointed by the governor as representatives of business or employers shall be chosen from a list submitted by the regional workforce investment boards. In this section, “representative of business” means a business owner, a chief executive operating officer, or other business executive, and “employer” means an individual with policy‑making or hiring authority, including a public school superintendent or school board member and including representatives from the nonprofit, social services, and health sectors of the economy. If there is a dispute as to who is to represent an interest as required under the federal law, the governor shall decide who shall be the member of the council.
(b) Members representing business, employers, labor, and the low income community shall be appointed for terms of three years. Appointed members, except legislative appointees, shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.
(c) A vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the initial appointment.
(d) The governor shall appoint one of the business or employer members to chair the council.
(e) Members, other than legislative members, shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1010. Legislative members shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in 2 V.S.A. § 406.
(f) The governor’s office shall provide the council with administrative support.
(g) The human resources investment council shall be subject to subchapters 2 and 3 of chapter 5 of Title 1, relating to public meetings and access to public records.
(h) The human resources investment council shall:
(1) Advise the governor on the establishment of an integrated network of workforce education and training for Vermont.
(2) Coordinate planning and services for an integrated network of workforce education and training and oversee its implementation.
(3) Establish and oversee workforce investment boards as provided in section 542 of this title.
(4) Establish goals for and coordinate the state’s workforce education and training policies.
(5) Appoint an executive director, who shall be an exempt employee.
(6) Receive annual reports from the department of employment and training on the workforce education and training revenues and expenditures of agencies and institutions which are members of the council.
(7) Annually review and comment on workforce education and training revenues and expenditures of member agencies and institutions.
(8) Negotiate memoranda of understanding between the council and agencies and institutions involved in Vermont’s integrated network of workforce education and training in order to ensure that each is working to achieve annual objectives developed by the council.
(9) Carry out the duties assigned to the state workforce investment board, as required for a single-service delivery state, under P.L. 105-220, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and any amendments that may be made
(10) Annually, on or before January 15, report to the general assembly on activities carried out during the previous year in order to accomplish its mandate.
The Vermont General Assembly
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