THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1384

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that state workforce development boards assist the governors by reviewing statewide policies and programs, and making recommendations to align workforce, education, training, and employment funding programs in a state in a manner that supports a comprehensive and streamlined workforce development system in the state. As part of the statewide review function in assisting the governors, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and related regulations outline requirements regarding conflicts of interest for recipients and subrecipients of federal awards as well as for state and local workforce development board and standing committee members.

The legislature further finds that Act 88, Session Laws of Hawaii 2021, also known as the General Appropriations Act of 2021, eliminated the program identification number for the workforce development council and transferred its appropriation and positions to the workforce development division of the department of labor and industrial relations.

The Legislature also finds that reports on the activities of the k-12 agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative are no longer needed and that requirement should be repealed from section 371-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The purpose of this Act is to amend the workforce development council law to be consistent with the state budget as enacted in Act 88, Session Laws of Hawaii 2021, and to conform the state workforce development board statute to the nomenclature and conflict of interest provisions found in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and related regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.

SECTION 2. Chapter 202, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"202- Conflict of interest. (a) The Hawaii workforce development board and local workforce development boards shall develop written conflict of interest policies consistent with P.L. 113-128 (29 U.S.C. 3111(f) and 3122(h)), title 29 Code of Federal Regulations section 97.36, title 20 Code of Federal Regulations parts 679 and 683, title 2 Code of Federal Regulations parts 200 and 2900, as amended, and chapter 84.

(b) Separate from and in addition to any standards of conduct set forth in chapter 84, a member or standing committee member of the Hawaii workforce development board, or a member or standing committee member of a local workforce development board shall not:

(1) Vote on or participate in a discussion about a matter under consideration by the board or standing committee:

(A) Regarding the provision of services by such member, or by an entity such member represents; or

(B) That would provide direct financial benefit to such member or such member's immediate family; or

(2) Engage in any other activity determined by the governor to constitute a conflict of interest under P.L. 113-128 (29 U.S.C. 3111(f) and 3122(h)) title 29 Code of Federal Regulations section 97.36, title 20 Code of Federal Regulations parts 679 and 683, and title 2 Code of Federal Regulations parts 200 and 2900."

SECTION 3. Chapter 202, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending its title to read as follows:

"CHAPTER 202

HAWAII WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT [COUNCIL] BOARD"

SECTION 4. Section 202-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"202-1 [Council;] Hawaii workforce development board; appointment; tenure. [[](a)[]] The advisory commission on employment and human resources is hereby constituted as the workforce development council.] The [council] Hawaii workforce development board is established and placed within the department of labor and industrial relations and shall [also] fulfill the functions of the state workforce development board for purposes of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, P.L. No. 113-128[.] (29 U.S.C. 3101 et. seq.).

(b) Except for the ex officio members or their designees, the [council] board members shall be appointed by the governor for four-year staggered terms as provided for in section 26-34. The governor shall [appoint] select the chairperson of the [council.] board from among the private sector members set forth in paragraph (4). The [council] board shall be constituted as provided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, P.L. 113-128 (29 U.S.C. 3111), of the following members:

(1) The directors of labor and industrial relations and of business, economic development, and tourism; the superintendent of education; and the president of the University of Hawaii or their designees, as ex officio, voting members;

(2) The administrator of the division of vocational rehabilitation, department of human services, as an ex officio, voting member;

(3) The private sector chairpersons of the four [county] local workforce development boards, or their designees from the private sector membership of their respective boards, as ex officio, voting members;

(4) Seventeen representatives from the private sector, including nonprofit organizations and businesses in the State, appointed from individuals nominated by state business organizations and business trade associations;

(5) Eight representatives from labor organizations and workforce training organizations, two or more of whom shall be representatives of labor organizations who have been nominated by state labor federations, and one of whom shall be a labor representative from a community-based native Hawaiian organization that operates workforce development programs;

(6) A member of each house of the legislature, for two-year terms beginning in January of odd-numbered years, appointed by the appropriate presiding officer of each house, as ex officio, voting members;

(7) The four mayors or their designees, as ex officio, voting members; and

(8) The governor or the governor's designee.

[[](c)[] Council] Board members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for travel expenses necessary for the performance of their duties.

[[(d)] From June 6, 2016, and until such time that the council has forty-one members, sixteen council members shall constitute a quorum to do business, and the concurrence of at least sixteen council members shall be necessary to make any action of the council valid.

[(e)]] (d) All [council] board members may continue to serve on the [council] board until their respective successors have been appointed. A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the remainder of the term of the person's predecessor."

SECTION 5. Section 202-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"202-3 Powers of [council.] board. (a) The Hawaii workforce development [council] board shall appoint and fix the compensation of an executive director, who shall be exempt from [chapter] chapters 76[, and may employ any other personnel as it deems advisable within chapter 76.] and 89.

[(b) The council, or on the authorization of the council, any subcommittee or panel thereof, may, for the purpose of carrying out its functions and duties, hold such hearings and sit and act at such times and places as the council may deem advisable.

(c) The council may negotiate and enter into contracts with public agencies or private organizations to carry out its studies and to prepare reports that the council determines to be necessary to the fulfillment of its duties.]

[(d)] (b) The [council] board may secure through the governor's office, any information from any executive department, agency, or independent instrumentality of the State it deems necessary to carry out its functions.

[(e)] (c) The [council] board may convene such public conferences and forums as it deems useful to keep the public informed of workforce development needs, developments, and initiatives.

[(f) The council may administer funds allocated for its work and may accept, disburse, and allocate funds which may become available from other governmental and private sources; provided that all the funds shall be disbursed or allocated in compliance with the objectives set forth herein, and applicable laws.]"

SECTION 6. Section 304A-303, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) There is established a career and technical education coordinating advisory council, which shall serve in an advisory capacity to the board of regents. The council shall consist of eleven members, nine appointed and two ex officio[[],[]] voting members. Of the nine appointed members:

(1) Three shall be appointed from the board of regents by the chairperson of that body;

(2) Three shall be appointed from the board of education by the chairperson of that body; and

(3) Three shall be appointed from the Hawaii workforce development [council] board by that [council.] board.

Of the three members appointed from the Hawaii workforce development [council,] board, one member shall represent management, one member shall represent labor, and the third shall represent the public. Of the two ex officio members, one shall be the president of the university and the other shall be the superintendent of education."

SECTION 7. Section 371-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]371-21[]] K-12 agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative. (a) There shall be created in the department a k12 agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative to conduct training sessions for teachers and school administrators on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kauai, regarding agricultural self-sufficiency.

(b) The k-12 agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative shall be headed by a coordinator who shall be appointed by the director, subject to chapter 76, to carry out the purposes of this section, which may include developing and proposing scholarships, travel offsets, course credits, and stipends. The coordinator may hire, subject to chapter 76, necessary staff, including a workforce development specialist, to carry out the purposes of this section.

(c) Course material for the training sessions under subsection (a) shall be approved by the Hawaii agriculture workforce advisory board established pursuant to section 371-19.

[(d) The department shall submit annual reports to the legislature on the activities of the k-12 agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative.]"

SECTION 8. Section 348-8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by substituting the words "workforce development board" wherever the words "workforce development council" appear, as the context requires.

SECTION 9. Sections 201-16, 202-10, 304A1143, 304A-3252, 373C-23, and 394-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, are amended by substituting the words "Hawaii workforce development board" wherever the words "workforce development council" appear, as the context requires.

SECTION 10. Sections 202-2 and 202-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, are amended by substituting the word "board" wherever the word "council" appears and substituting the words "Hawaii workforce development board" wherever the words "workforce development council" appear, as the context requires.

SECTION 11. Section 202-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["202-5 Organizational relationships. The workforce development council is placed within the department of labor and industrial relations for administrative purposes and shall act in an advisory capacity to the governor."]

SECTION 12. All rules, policies, procedures, guidelines, and other material adopted or developed by the workforce development council to implement provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes that are reenacted or made applicable to the department of labor and industrial relations by this Act shall remain in full force and effect until amended or repealed by the department of labor and industrial relations pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as appropriate. In the interim, every reference to the workforce development council in those rules, policies, procedures, guidelines, and other material is amended to refer to the department of labor and industrial relations, as appropriate.

SECTION 13. All deeds, leases, contracts, loans, agreements, permits, or other documents executed or entered into by or on behalf of the workforce development council, pursuant to the provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, that are reenacted or made applicable to the department of labor and industrial relations by this Act shall remain in full force and effect. Upon the effective date of this Act, every reference to the workforce development council or the executive director of the workforce development council in those deeds, leases, contracts, loans, agreements, permits, or other documents shall be construed as a reference to the department of labor and industrial relations, as appropriate.

SECTION 14. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 15. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST


 


 

Report Title:

Hawaii Workforce Development Council; Hawaii Workforce Development Board; Conflict of Interest; Chairperson of Board; K-12 Agriculture Workforce Development Pipeline Initiative

 

Description:

Amends chapter 202, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to be consistent with the General Appropriations Act of 2021, Act 88, Session Laws of Hawaii 2021. Renames "Workforce Development Council" "Hawaii Workforce Development Board" and "county workforce development board" "local workforce development board". Requires the Hawaii Workforce Development Board and local workforce development boards to develop written conflict of interest policies consistent with federal law and regulations. Requires the Governor to select the chairperson of the state board among the private sector members set forth in section 202-1(b)(4), Hawaii Revised Statutes. Repeals the requirement in 371-21(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the DLIR to submit an annual report to the legislature on the activities of the K-12 agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative.

 

 

 

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