(1) "Commission" or "legislative oversight commission" means the legislative oversight commission on workforce investment for economic development created pursuant to section seven of this article.
(2) "Council" means the West Virginia workforce investment council.
(3) "Team" means the workforce investment interagency collaborative team.
(b) The Council may consist of no more than thirty-nine members, including ex officio members.
(c) The Governor shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, members to the Council according to the following criteria:
(1) Representatives of business in the state, including at least one representing the tourism industry, who are:
(A) Owners of businesses, chief executive officers, chief operating officers of business and other business executives or employers with optimum policy-making or hiring authority, including members of regional workforce investment boards;
(B) Representatives of businesses having employment opportunities that reflect the employment opportunities of the state; and
(C) Individuals nominated by state business organizations and business trade associations;
(2) No more than two members who are members of the Council for Community and Technical College Education;
(3) Two members who are members of the West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development;
(4) Two members who are chief elected officials representing cities and counties;
(5) Two members who represent individuals and organizations having experience and expertise in the delivery of workforce investment programs, including one chief executive officer of a community and technical college and one chief executive officer of a community-based organization operating in the state;
(6) Two members who represent individuals and organizations having experience in youth activities, including at least one youth from a post-secondary education institution; and
(7) Two members who represent labor organizations in the state who have been nominated by state labor federations.
(d) The following shall serve on the Council as ex officio members:
(1) The Governor, or his or her designee;
(2) The Superintendent of the Department of Education, or his or her designee;
(3) The Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, or his or her designee: Provided, That the designee has policy-making authority over a workforce investment program within the Division of Rehabilitation Services;
(4) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Senior Services, or his or her designee: Provided, That the designee has policy-making authority over a workforce investment program within the Bureau of Senior Services;
(5) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Employment Programs, or his or her designee: Provided, That the designee has policy-making authority over a workforce investment program within the Bureau of Employment Programs;
(6) The Director of the Division of Veterans' Affairs, or his or her designee: Provided, That the designee has policy-making authority over a workforce investment program within the Division of Veterans' Affairs;
(7) The Executive Director of the West Virginia Development Office;
(8) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, or his or her designee: Provided, That the designee has policy-making authority over a workforce investment program within the Department of Health and Human Resources;
(9) The Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education; and
(10) The Chancellor for Higher Education.
(e) The Speaker of the House of Delegates shall appoint two members of the House of Delegates to serve on the Council, as nonvoting members.
(f) The President of the Senate shall appoint two members of the Senate to serve on the Council, as nonvoting members.
(g) The Governor shall appoint a Chair and Vice Chair for the Council from among the members appointed pursuant to subdivision (1), subsection (c) of this section.
(h) Initial terms for appointed members of the Council are for up to three years as determined by the Governor. All subsequent terms are for three years.
(i) The Council shall meet at least quarterly and appointed members of the Council may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred within the scope of their service on the Council.
(j) A majority of the members of the Council constitute a quorum: Provided, That a majority of the members making the quorum are members appointed pursuant to subdivision (1), subsection (c) of this section.
(k) The Council may create subcommittees to carry out any of its duties. Quorum requirements required by subsection (j) of this section also apply to subcommittees.
(l) No member of the Council may:
(1) Vote on a matter under consideration by the Council:
(A) Regarding the provision of services by the member or by an entity that the member represents; or
(B) That would provide direct financial benefit to the member or the immediate family of the member; or
(a) The council shall assist the Governor in the:
(1) Development and revision of a strategic five-year state workforce investment plan, including the establishment of an overall workforce investment public agenda with goals and benchmarks of success for the state, state agencies and for local workforce investment boards;
(2) Development and continuous improvement of a statewide system of workforce investment activities including:
(A) Development of linkages in order to assure coordination and nonduplication of services and activities of workforce investment programs conducted by various entities in the state; and
(B) The review of strategic plans created and submitted by local workforce investment boards;
(3) Commenting at least annually on the measures taken by the state pursuant to the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §2323;
(4) Designation and revision of local workforce investment areas;
(5) Development and revision of allocation formulas for the distribution of funds for adult employment and training activities and youth activities to local areas;
(6) Development and continuous improvement of comprehensive state performance measures, including state-adjusted levels of performance, to assess the effectiveness of the workforce investment activities in the State;
(7) Preparation of the annual report to the Secretary of Labor as required by the Workforce Investment Act, 29 U.S.C. §2871;
(8) Development and continued improvement of a statewide employment statistics system; and
(9) Development and revision of an application for workforce investment incentive grants.
(b) The council shall make a report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on or before November 1 of each year, detailing: (1) All the publicly funded workforce investment programs operating in the state, including the amount of federal and state funds expended by each program, how the funds are spent and the resulting improvement to the workforce; (2) the council's recommendations concerning future use of funds for workforce investment programs; (3) the council's analysis of operations of local workforce investment programs; (4) the council's recommendations for the establishment of an overall workforce investment public agenda with goals and benchmarks of success for the state, state agencies and for local workforce investment boards; (5) the status of one-stop system operations in the state, including all memoranda of understanding entered into by the one-stop partners and local workforce investment boards; (6) the status and outcome data regarding the council and local workforce investment boards' success in linking West Virginia PROMISE scholars to employment with a West Virginia employer; and (7) any other information the commission may require.
(c) To aid in the report required in subsection (b) of this section, each local workforce investment board shall report annually to the council on or before September 1 of each year on the status of one-stop centers within the region each board represents, attaching all memoranda of understanding entered into with one-stop partners.
(d) The council shall provide information and guidance to local workforce investment boards and staff, to enable them to better educate both women and men about higher paying jobs and careers including jobs traditionally dominated by men or women. Such guidance shall promote services provided by the local workforce investment boards for job seekers that includes:
(1) Current information about compensation for jobs and careers that offer high earning potential including jobs that are traditionally dominated by men or women;
(2) Counseling, skills development and training opportunities that encourage both women and men to seek employment in such jobs;
(3) Referral information to employers offering such jobs; or
(4) Information regarding the long-term consequences, including lower social security benefits or pensions, of choosing jobs that offer lower earnings potential and are traditionally dominated by women or men.
(b) Workforce West Virginia shall facilitate the coordination of council activities and local workforce investment activities, including holding meetings with the executive directors of each local workforce investment board at least monthly. Any executive director of a local workforce investment board who participates in a meeting held pursuant to this subsection shall report to his or her board and the county commission of each county represented by the board regarding the meeting.
(b) The commission is to be composed of four members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate from the members of the joint commission on economic development and four members of the House of Delegates appointed by the speaker of the House of Delegates from the members of the joint commission on economic development. No more than three of the four members appointed by the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Delegates, respectively, may be members of the same political party. The president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Delegates shall each appoint a chairperson from their respective houses. The members shall serve until their successors have been appointed.
(c) Members of the commission may receive compensation and expenses as provided in article two-a, chapter four of this code. Expenses, including those incurred in the employment of legal, technical, investigative, clerical, stenographic, advisory and other personnel, are to be approved by the joint committee on government and finance and paid from legislative appropriations.
(d) The commission may meet at any time both during sessions of the Legislature and in the interim or as often as may be necessary.
(b) The commission has the authority to conduct or cause to be conducted performance audits upon local workforce investment boards.
(c) For purposes of carrying out its duties, the commission is hereby empowered and authorized to examine witnesses and to subpoena persons, books, records, documents, papers or any other tangible things it believes should be examined to make a complete investigation. All witnesses appearing before the commission shall testify under oath or affirmation, and any member of the commission may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses. To compel the attendance of witnesses at hearings or the production of any books, records, documents, papers or any other tangible things, the commission is hereby empowered and authorized to issue subpoenas, signed by one of the chairpersons, in accordance with section five, article one, chapter four of this code. Subpoenas are to be served by any person authorized by law to serve and execute legal process and service is to be made without charge. Witnesses subpoenaed to attend hearings are to be allowed the same mileage and per diem as are allowed witnesses before any petit jury in this state. If any person subpoenaed to appear at any hearing refuses to appear or to answer inquiries there propounded, or fails or refuses to produce books, records, documents, papers or other tangible things within his or her control when they are demanded, the commission shall report the facts to the circuit court of Kanawha County or any other court of competent jurisdiction and the court may compel obedience to the subpoena as though the subpoena had been issued by the court in the first instance.
(b) The team shall consist of members from each agency subject to the reporting provisions of section five of this article. Each agency shall appoint two representatives to the team consisting of the chief official of the department or division and the official within that department or division who is directly responsible for overseeing the workforce investment program or activities at the state level. A designee may be selected to represent a member appointed to the team: Provided, That the designee has policy-making decision authority regarding workforce investment activities including program and fiscal issues. The team members have authority to make decisions on behalf of the agency at the level required for the team to address issues and advance system improvements.
(c) The team shall coordinate the development of a self-sufficiency standard study for the State of West Virginia. The self-sufficiency standard is to measure how much income is needed for a household of a given composition in a given place to adequately meet its basic needs without public or private assistance. Beginning on the first day of November, two thousand four, and every two years thereafter, this study is to be reported to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the President of the Senate, the Workforce Investment Council and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development.
(d) Beginning the first day of January, two thousand three, in order to lawfully continue any workforce investment activities, any agency subject to the reporting provisions of section five of this article shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Executive Director of Workforce West Virginia and any local workforce investment board representing an area of this state in which the agency is engaged in workforce investment activities. To the extent permitted by federal law, the agreements are to maximize coordination of workforce investment activities and eliminate duplication of services on both state and local levels.
(e) No memorandum of understanding may be effective for more than one year without annual reaffirmation by the parties.
(f) Any state agency entering a memorandum of understanding shall deliver a copy thereof to both the West Virginia Workforce Investment Council and the legislative oversight commission.
(1) The advent and advancement of new technologies in horizontal drilling and the production of horizontal wells defined in article six-a, chapter twenty-two of this code has created thousands and has the potential to create thousands of additional drilling, production, construction, manufacturing, and related jobs in West Virginia and in the Appalachian Basin;
(2) This economic opportunity presents new and exciting opportunities for jobs for West Virginians;
(3) The state needs to take all necessary steps to retain, educate and train West Virginians to have the skills necessary to compete for job opportunities resulting from horizontal drilling; and
(4) Specific attention shall be made by the state of West Virginia to train and educate West Virginia citizens that have not historically or traditionally been exposed to the oil and gas industry through training programs offered by community colleges, technical schools and institutions and small business owners. Small business owners shall be made aware by the State of West Virginia of any and all programs and grants available to assist them in training said individuals.
(b) To assist in maximizing the economic opportunities available with horizontal drilling, the council shall make a report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on or before November 1 of each year through 2016, detailing a comprehensive review of the direct and indirect economic impact of employers engaged in the production of horizontal wells in the State of West Virginia, as more specifically defined in article six-a, chapter twenty-two of this code, which shall include:
(1) A review of the total number of jobs created;
(2) A review of total payroll of all jobs created;
(3) The average salary per job type;
(4) A review of the number of employees domiciled in the State of West Virginia;
(5) A review of total economic impact;
(6) The council's recommendations for the establishment of an overall workforce investment public education agenda with goals and benchmarks toward maximizing job creation opportunities in the State of West Virginia;
(7) A review of number of jobs created for minorities based on race, ethnicity and gender;
(8) A review of number of jobs created for individuals re- employed from the state of West Virginia's unemployment rosters;
(9) A review of number of jobs created for returning veterans; and
(10) A review of number of jobs created for legal West Virginia residents and non-West Virginia residents.
(c) To the extent permitted by federal law, and to the extent
necessary for the council to comply with this section, the council,
Workforce West Virginia, the Division of Labor, and the Office of
the Insurance Commissioner may enter into agreements providing for
the sharing of job data and related information.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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