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S.F. No. 3001 - Workforce Development Board Creation; Workforce Development and Economic Development Provisions Modifications (Third Engrossment) ARTICLE 5
Author: Senator Ann H. Rest
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: May 1, 2016


This summary addresses only Article 5 that creates a board to which legislators are appointed.

Article 5 – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Updates

Section 1 [Workforce Development Board]

Subdivision 1 [Creation; duties] creates a board to serve as the state’s workforce development board for purposes of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Sets the duties of the state board as those defined under the federal act.

Subdivision 2 [Membership] sets the membership of the board.  The board has 49 voting members and 12 nonvoting members representing businesses, labor organizations, community-based organizations, state agencies, and education. Among the 49 voting members are two representatives from the House of Representatives and two senators.

Subdivision 3 [Board meetings; chair] requires the board to hold meetings at least quarterly and specifies that meetings shall be called by the chair.  Requires notice of meetings 48 hours prior to the meeting.  Specifies that the Governor shall designate a chair from among the appointed voting members and that the chair shall approve meeting agendas. Provides a process for members of the board and the public to submit requests for agenda items. Specifies that the chair has authority to permit testimony by nonmembers of the board. Requires certain public postings about meetings and certain information regarding the activities of the board.

Subdivision 4 [Bylaws] requires the board to adopt bylaws and the bylaws must provide for an executive committee comprised of voting members of the board.

Subdivision 5 [Executive committee duties] specifies duties of the executive committee, including reporting in odd-numbered years to the legislature regarding the performance and outcomes of workforce centers.

Subdivision 6 [Staffing] requires the Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to provide staff for the board and permits the board to ask for assistance from other state departments and agencies.

Subdivision 7 [Funding] requires the commissioner of DEED to provide the board with $350,000 per year from existing agency resource.

Section 2  [Initial Appointments and First Meeting of the Workforce Development Board] sets deadlines for initial appointments to the board and for convening the first meeting.  Provides that the Governor must specify which public members will serve terms coterminous with the Governor.

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