Referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee on February 3, 2009
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 25, 2009
Provides that the graduated social cost factor rate will be reduced by 0.10 percent for rate year 2010 only if the employer’s graduated social cost factor rate equals or exceeds 0.10 percent. The substitute directs ESD to disperse workforce training grant funds to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, who will review proposals and award grants.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2009
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 25, 2009
Substitute offered in the Senate on March 2, 2009
To clarify that the grant program is to be managed by the ESD in consultation with, rather than jointly with, the SBCTC. The substitute further clarifies that persons receiving or who have exhausted unemployment benefits are eligible for worker retraining, regardless of whether they are also receiving training assistance benefits.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 2, 2009
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 2, 2009
Amendment offered by Sen. James Hargrove (Hoquiam) (D) on March 7, 2009
To provide that forest industry worker training programs are considered high demand training programs.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2009
Referred to the House Commerce & Labor Committee on March 13, 2009
Amendment offered in the House on March 27, 2009
To add a section expressing legislative findings and intent. Another section is added establishing education and training incentives. The amount of money in the Administrative Contingency Fund that may be used for incentives is limited to no more than $5 million. The section establishing reporting requirements is modified to provide for one report (instead of three reports) to the Legislature. A section is added requiring the Employment Security Department to bring together specified parties to review development and implementation of the incentives and the training benefits program. The section making certain funds available for use by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is deleted. The section making administrative funds under the Workforce Individual Act available for training is
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 27, 2009
Referred to the House Ways & Means Committee on March 30, 2009
Referred to the House Rules Committee on April 6, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Bailey (Oak Harbor) (R) on April 14, 2009
To remove the emergency clause.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 14, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Steve Conway (South Tacoma) (D) on April 14, 2009
To make a housekeeping change to provide that a particular account is for administrative and other costs of the training benefit program.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 14, 2009
Passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 20, 2009
Received in the House on April 24, 2009
House removes original amendment and offers new amendment to express the Legislature's intent that certain individuals have the opportunity to enroll in training for high-demand occupations.
These individuals are ones who are eligible for services under the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs, or who are receiving or have exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation benefits. Requires the Employment Security Department (ESD) to distribute certain funds as a match for other funds provided by workforce development councils for education and training in high-demand occupations. Gives priority to education and training in occupations
in the aerospace, energy efficiency, forest product, and health care industries, so long as the priority is consistent with federal law, among other things.
Provides that certain funds be used to create incentives for education and training for certain individuals who are enrolled in training for high-demand occupations. Requires that the Employment Security Department (ESD) distribute certain funds as a match for other funds provided by workforce development councils to increase training capacity and provide student financial aid. Requires the ESD to also encourage an increase in education and training through grants and local plan modifications with workforce development councils. Section 4, which allows the Legislature to direct how the Governor's discretionary Workforce Investment Act 10% fund is used, is vetoed.