SSHB 105: "An Act relating to the state training and employment program; and providing for an effective date."
00 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 105 01 "An Act relating to the state training and employment program; and providing for an 02 effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 23.15.580(b) is amended to read: 05 (b) The board shall 06 (1) facilitate the development of statewide policy for a coordinated and 07 effective employment training and education system in this state; 08 (2) identify the human resource investment needs in the state and 09 develop a plan to meet those needs; 10 (3) review the provision of services and the use of money and 11 resources by the human resource programs listed in AS 23.15.575; 12 (4) assume the duties and functions of the state boards described under 13 the laws relating to the federal human resource programs listed in AS 23.15.575; 14 (5) advise the governor, state and local agencies, the University of
01 Alaska, and other training entities on the development of state and local standards and 02 measures relating to applicable human resource programs; 03 (6) submit, to the governor and the legislature, a biennial strategic plan 04 to accomplish the goals developed to meet human resource investment needs; 05 (7) monitor for the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of 06 the strategic plan developed by the board; 07 (8) adopt regulations that set standards for the percentage of program 08 expenses that may be used for administrative costs; the regulations must clearly 09 identify and distinguish between program expenses that may be included in 10 administrative costs and those that may not be included in administrative costs; the 11 percentage allowed for administrative costs may not exceed the lesser of 20 percent of 12 program expenses in the prior fiscal year or the amount permitted under the 13 requirements of a federal program, if applicable; 14 (9) report annually to the legislature, by the 30th day of the regular 15 legislative session, on the performance and evaluation of training programs in the state 16 subject to review under (f) of this section; 17 (10) identify ways for agencies operating programs subject to 18 oversight by the board to share resources, instructors, and curricula through 19 collaboration with other public and private entities to increase training opportunities 20 and reduce costs; [AND] 21 (11) adopt regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) 22 to carry out the purposes of AS 23.15.550 - 23.15.585; and 23 (12) perform duties assigned in AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660 for the 24 state training and employment program. 25 * Sec. 2. AS 23.15.580(f) is amended to read: 26 (f) The following training programs are subject to the provisions of (d) and (e) 27 of this section: 28 (1) in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development or 29 operated by the department: 30 (A) programs under 29 U.S.C. 2801 - 2945 (Workforce 31 Investment Act of 1998), assisting communities in moving toward a self-
01 sustainable economy and providing training; 02 (B) the state training and employment program under 03 AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660 [(AS 23.15.620), PROVIDING TRAINING AND 04 EMPLOYMENT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED OR 05 LIKELY TO BECOME UNEMPLOYED, FOSTERING NEW JOBS, AND 06 INCREASING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKERS 07 SEVERELY AFFECTED BY FLUCTUATIONS IN THE STATE 08 ECONOMY OR ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY TECHNOLOGY 09 ADVANCES IN THE WORKPLACE]; 10 (C) employment-related adult basic education; 11 (D) employment training services operated as part of the 12 Alaska temporary assistance program (ATAP); 13 (E) unemployment insurance grants provided under the federal 14 training relocation assistance program; 15 (F) Alaska works programs, assisting with the welfare-to-work 16 program; 17 (G) Kotzebue Technical Center; 18 (H) Alaska Vocational Technical Center; 19 (2) in the Department of Education and Early Development or operated 20 by the department, the non-public-school portions of the 21 (A) vocational education and technical preparation program; 22 and 23 (B) Alaska Career Information System. 24 * Sec. 3. AS 23.15.620 is repealed and reenacted to read: 25 Sec. 23.15.620. State training and employment program. (a) A program is 26 created in the department to provide grants to eligible persons who provide training 27 and employment assistance services. The purpose of the program is to enhance the 28 quality of in-state job training and employment assistance and to make in-state job 29 training and employment assistance more easily available to employers, employees, 30 and future employees. To foster the success of the program, the department shall, to 31 the greatest extent feasible, combine the resources of the program with resources
01 available outside of the program. 02 (b) A person who provides training and employment services may apply for a 03 grant from the program and may use the grant to augment or improve public access to 04 the training and employment services provided, including a registered apprenticeship 05 program under 29 U.S.C. 50. 06 * Sec. 4. AS 23.15.635 is amended to read: 07 Sec. 23.15.635. People to be served. Within the limits of its grant, an 08 employment assistance and training entity receiving a grant under AS 23.15.620 - 09 23.15.660 [AS 23.15.651] shall provide services set out in AS 23.15.641 10 [AS 23.15.640(a)] to state residents who, immediately before beginning training or 11 receiving benefits under a grant financed by this program, 12 (1) are unemployed and 13 (A) are receiving unemployment insurance benefits; or 14 (B) have exhausted the right to unemployment insurance 15 benefits within the past three years; 16 (2) are employed, but liable to be displaced [WITHIN THE NEXT SIX 17 MONTHS] because of 18 (A) reductions in overall employment within a business; 19 (B) elimination of the worker's current job; or 20 (C) a change in conditions of employment requiring that, to 21 remain employed, the employee must learn substantially different skills that 22 the employee does not now possess; [OR] 23 (3) have worked in a position covered by AS 23.20 at any time during 24 the last three years, and are not currently eligible for unemployment insurance benefits 25 because 26 (A) their employment has been seasonal, temporary, part-time, 27 or marginal; 28 (B) their qualifying wages are insufficient because of limited 29 job opportunity; or 30 (C) they are employed but, because they are underemployed, 31 they are in need of employment assistance and training to obtain full
01 employment; 02 (4) are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and 03 (A) are not likely to obtain employment before their 04 unemployment insurance benefits are exhausted; 05 (B) are women; 06 (C) are minorities; or 07 (D) need to acquire new skills or update skills they already 08 have in order to obtain employment; or 09 (5) have been ordered to pay child support by a court order or by 10 the child support services agency. 11 * Sec. 5. AS 23.15 is amended by adding a new section to read: 12 Sec. 23.15.636. Implementation of program. The department and the board 13 shall jointly implement the program as follows: 14 (1) after review and approval by the board, the department shall adopt 15 regulations under AS 44.62 to implement AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660 and to regulate 16 the distribution and accounting of grants awarded under the program; 17 (2) the department may use financial resources of the program to cover 18 some or all of the department's cost of administering the program and may also 19 distribute financial resources of the program through grants, the purchase of services 20 or other contracts, or other mechanisms authorized by state law; 21 (3) the department may enter into interagency agreements with the 22 University of Alaska and other state agencies for the provision of training and 23 employment assistance under the program; 24 (4) after annual review and approval by the board, the department shall 25 annually establish priorities for the provision of training and employment assistance 26 services under AS 23.15.641 to eligible participants under AS 23.15.643; in setting 27 priorities, the department shall consider unemployment statistics, unemployment 28 insurance claims, projections of occupational and industrial workforce demand, 29 availability of other training and employment assistance programs, available funding, 30 and other relevant information; when awarding or financing grants under the program, 31 the department may give preference to financing projects and services that train or
01 assist individuals in vocations, businesses, or industries identified in the resident hire 02 report required under AS 36.10.130 as employing a disproportionate percentage of 03 nonresident individuals; 04 (5) the board shall assist in the evaluation of proposals for grants and 05 make recommendations to the department regarding which grants should be awarded 06 by the program; the department may distribute financial resources of the program to 07 the board to pay for some or all of the board's costs, existing or anticipated, that are 08 related to evaluating or awarding proposed grants or grants that have been awarded. 09 * Sec. 6. AS 23.15 is amended by adding new sections to read: 10 Sec. 23.15.641. Eligibility of grantees; use of assistance received. (a) To be 11 eligible for a grant to help cover the cost of providing training and employment 12 assistance, a person shall 13 (1) meet or exceed the requirements of AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660 and 14 regulations adopted under AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660; 15 (2) offer vocational training or employment assistance services that 16 meet the requirements of regulations adopted under AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660; 17 (3) be a governmental agency, a private business, an employer, or an 18 organization exempt from taxation under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) (Internal Revenue 19 Code); and 20 (4) demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department and the board that 21 (A) the person's accounting system is organized and maintained 22 in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, promotes 23 efficiency, ensures compliance with program requirements, and can be audited 24 at the department's direction with not more than a reasonable amount of effort 25 and expense; and 26 (B) grants awarded under the program will be used only as 27 allowed under AS 23.15.620 - 23.15.660. 28 (b) A recipient of a grant awarded under the program may use the grant to 29 provide any of the following training and employment assistance services to eligible 30 participants: 31 (1) industry-specific training;
01 (2) on-the-job training, including apprentice training in a registered 02 apprenticeship program under 29 U.S.C. 50; 03 (3) institutional or classroom job-linked training; 04 (4) support services, including financial allowances and relocation 05 expenses that the department determines are reasonably necessary to enable an eligible 06 participant to receive training and employment assistance; 07 (5) assistance considered necessary to help an eligible participant 08 obtain or retain a job for which training and employment assistance provided under the 09 program has prepared the eligible participant; 10 (6) purchases of basic tools, work clothing, safety gear, or other items 11 the eligible participant needs to obtain or retain a job for which training and 12 employment assistance provided under the program has prepared the eligible 13 participant; 14 (7) other costs the department determines are necessary to pay in order 15 that an eligible participant can receive training or employment assistance or obtain or 16 retain a job for which the training and employment assistance provided under the 17 program has prepared the eligible participant. 18 (c) The department may allow payment for items described in (b) of this 19 section if the department determines that alternative sources of financing have been 20 exhausted or are unavailable to the eligible participant or that a grant from the 21 program is otherwise required so that, when combined with other available financing, 22 the grant will enable an eligible participant to receive training or employment 23 assistance approved by the department. 24 Sec. 23.15.643. Eligibility of program participants. The department and a 25 person awarded a grant under the program may use the grant only to provide training 26 and employment assistance services to eligible participants. To be an eligible 27 participant, the person may be employed or employable and shall, at the time of 28 application for training or employment assistance under the program, 29 (1) be a resident of the state; 30 (2) have worked in a position covered by AS 23.20, or similar 31 provisions in another state, at any time during the five years immediately preceding
01 the application; and 02 (3) need training to improve the person's prospects for obtaining or 03 retaining employment. 04 * Sec. 7. AS 23.15 is amended by adding new sections to read: 05 Sec. 23.15.652. Program accountability. (a) The department and a person 06 who is awarded a grant to provide training and employment assistance services under 07 the program shall comply with state and federal laws and maintain records, including 08 accounting records, as required by those laws. 09 (b) The department may allocate or authorize the expenditure of not more than 10 20 percent of the amount appropriated to the program for a fiscal year to pay for 11 administration of the program by the department and the board. 12 (c) The department shall annually prepare and present to the board a report 13 concerning the program and notify the legislature that the report is available. 14 Sec. 23.15.654. Appeals. (a) A person who applies for and is denied a grant 15 under this chapter may, within 60 days after the date the person receives notice of the 16 denial, file a written appeal with the board. 17 (b) The board shall decide an appeal timely filed under (a) of this section 18 within 60 days after the date the appeal is filed, and the board's decision is final unless 19 the party who filed the appeal initiates judicial review by filing an appeal in the 20 superior court as provided in the Rules of Appellate Procedure. For the purpose of 21 computing time under those rules, the time for initiating judicial review runs from the 22 date the person who filed the appeal receives the department's final decision. 23 * Sec. 8. AS 23.15.640, 23.15.645, and 23.15.651 are repealed. 24 * Sec. 9. Section 6, ch. 116, SLA 1996, as amended by sec. 9, ch. 85, SLA 1998, by sec. 47, 25 ch. 86, SLA 2002, by sec. 1, ch. 86, SLA 2004, and by sec. 1, ch. 46, SLA 2008, is repealed. 26 * Sec. 10. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).