An Act To Promote Workforce Development
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, due to Maine's aging population, the State faces a workforce shortage as an increasing number of workers are retiring and fewer people are available to replace them; and
Whereas, more workers need to be trained to meet the needs of Maine businesses with a skilled labor force; and
Whereas, the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program is one of the Department of Labor's job training programs specifically created to train workers for jobs in high-demand, high-wage careers with a dedicated source of funding; and
Whereas, the Department of Labor is limited in the amount of funding it can use to train eligible workers because of an annual cap on administration costs and the immediate removal of that cap would allow the department to provide more training to individuals within the current calendar year; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §2033, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2013, c. 502, Pt. O, §1, is further amended to read:
The commissioner may expend funds through the department's career centers from the fund for the costs of education, training and support in accordance with subsection 6, for career counseling and for the administration of the program. Career counseling must include developing a plan and assisting a participant in accessing the support necessary for the participant to participate in the plan. The commissioner shall establish a limit on or a formula that limits the proportion of program funds that are expended on career counseling and for administration ; except that, beginning with fiscal year 2014-15, the commissioner may not expend, on an annualized basis, more than $550,000 of the annual revenue to the fund for administrative costs and for career counseling.
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §2033, sub-§10, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 352, Pt. A, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
LABOR, DEPARTMENT OF
Employment Services Activity 0852
Initiative: Allocates funds for 2 limited-period CareerCenter Consultant positions to support efforts to provide job training for qualified individuals under the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program.
|COMPETITIVE SKILLS SCHOLARSHIP FUND||2015-16||2016-17|
|COMPETITIVE SKILLS SCHOLARSHIP FUND TOTAL||$74,328||$149,062|
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.