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Introduced by   Representative Keenan of St. Albans City

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Conservation and development; workforce education and training; human resources investment council

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to reauthorize the human resources investment council which sunset under Act No. 138 of 1998.


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

Sec. 1.  10  V.S.A. § 541 is added to read:



(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 the following members:  the governor, the commissioner of employment and training, the chancellor of Vermont State Colleges, the president of the University of Vermont, the secretary of human services, the president of the association of Vermont independent colleges, the secretary of commerce and community development, the commissioner of education, the director of Vermont associates for training and development, the president of the Vermont student assistance corporation, the director of the Vermont jobs corps center, at least four representatives of labor appointed by the governor, at least one of which shall be 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 the nonprofit, social services, and health sectors of the economy.

(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 to it.

(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.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont