Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1147
                                        S.D. 2

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B.
No. 1147, S.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to require the Workforce
Development Council to fulfill the functions of the State
Workforce Investment Board for the purposes of the federal
Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and to expand the size,
composition, and duties of the Council.

     Specifically, this bill:

     (1)  Increases the membership of the Workforce Development
          Council to twenty-nine members;

     (2)  Increases the number of private-sector, business
          representatives on the Council to fifteen, including at
          least one member from each of the four county workforce
          development boards;

     (3)  Abolishes the seat on the Council currently filled by a
          representative from a community-based organization that
          is not a native Hawaiian organization that operates
          workforce development programs;

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     (4)  Adds two representatives of labor, two mayors or their
          designated representatives, and four members of the
          Legislature to the membership of the Council;

     (5)  Requires the Council to assist the Governor in, among
          other things:

          (A)  Developing the State's plan for the use of federal
               workforce investment funds;

          (B)  Developing and continuously improving the
               statewide and local workforce investment systems
               and the one-stop delivery systems;

          (C)  Developing allocation formulas for the
               distribution of funds for adult employment and
               training activities and youth activities;

          (D)  Developing and continuously improving
               comprehensive state performance measures,
               including state-adjusted levels of performance, to
               assess the effectiveness of workforce investment
               activities in the State;

          (E)  Preparing the annual report to the United States
               Secretary of Labor; and

          (F)  Developing the statewide employment statistics
               system; and

     (6)  Requires the Council to act as the designated state
          entity to conduct activities relating to occupational
          and employment information for vocational and technical
          education programs.

     Your Committee has amended this bill by:

     (1)  Specifying that the four council members from the
          Legislature are to be appointed by the Governor from
          lists of nominees submitted by the President of the
          Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

     (2)  Requiring the Governor to submit the annual report
          prepared for the United States Secretary of Labor to
          the Legislature as soon as available; and

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     (3)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for purposes of
          consistency and style.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No.
1147, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1147,
S.D. 2.

                                 Respectfully submitted on behalf
                                 of the members of the Committee
                                 on Ways and Means,

                                 CAROL FUKUNAGA, Co-Chair

                                 ANDREW LEVIN, Co-Chair

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