Introduced Version Senate Bill 278 History

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Senate Bill No. 278

(By Senators Unger, Kessler, McCabe, Sprouse, Prezioso and Rowe)


[Introduced January 26, 2004; referred to the

Committee on Economic Development.]


A BILL to amend and reenact §18B-3D-2 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the workforce development initiative program; updating terms; and requiring certain reporting to the legislative oversight commission on workforce investment for economic development.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18B-3D-2 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§18B-3D-2. Workforce development initiative program created; program administration.
(a) For the purposes of this article "Council" means the council for community and economic development as defined in section two, article two, chapter five-b of this code.
(b) There is hereby created under the council, a workforce development initiative program to administer and oversee grants to community and technical colleges to achieve the purposes of this article in accordance with legislative intent. The primary responsibility of the council as it relates to the workforce development initiative program is to administer the state fund for community and technical college and workforce development including setting criteria for grant applications, receiving applications for grants, making determinations on distribution of funds, and evaluating the performance of workforce development initiatives.
(c) The council shall review and approve the expenditure of all grant funds, including development of application criteria, the review and selection of applicants for funding, and the annual review and justification of applicants for grant renewal.
(1) To aid in decisionmaking, the council shall appoint an advisory committee consisting of the vice chancellor for community and technical colleges, the secretary of education and the arts or a designee, the assistant state superintendent for technical and adult education, the chair of the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education council for community and technical college education, and the chair of the human resource investment council West Virginia workforce investment council. The advisory committee shall review all applications for workforce development initiative grants and make a report including recommendations for distributing grant funds to the council. The advisory committee also shall make recommendations on methods to share among the community and technical colleges any curricula developed as a result of a workforce development initiative grant.
(2) When determining which grant proposals will be funded, the council shall give special consideration to proposals by community and technical colleges that involve businesses with fewer than fifty employees.
(3) The council also shall weigh each proposal to avoid awarding grants which will have the ultimate effect of providing unfair advantage to employers new to the state who will be in direct competition with established local businesses.
(d) The council may allocate a reasonable amount, not to exceed five percent up to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars of the funds available for grants on an annual basis, for general program administration.
(e) The head of the council shall report to the legislative oversight commission on education accountability workforce investment for economic development on the status of the workforce development initiative program by the first day of December, one two thousand nine hundred ninety-nine and four, and annually thereafter by the first day of December.
(f) Moneys appropriated or otherwise available for the workforce development initiative program shall be allocated by line item to an appropriate account. Any moneys remaining in the fund at the close of a fiscal year shall be carried forward for use in the next fiscal year.
(g) Nothing in this article requires a specific level of appropriation by the Legislature.

(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to update the section with the appropriate agency that administers the program and requiring reporting to the Legislative Oversight on Workforce Investment for Economic Development.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

This is an interim bill that was proposed for introduction in the 2004 Legislative Session by the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development.)
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