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HB1920New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program; grant priority. Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in awarding grants pursuant to the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program, to give priority to institutions that offer noncredit workforce training programs in high-demand fields in which employer demand is currently unmet by the available workforce.Stolle02/27/19 G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019YYNN
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HB2164Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definitions; small business. Redefines "small business" for the purposes of programs for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Virginia Public Procurement Act to mean a business that together with its affiliates has both 250 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts, less the cost of goods sold by the business, of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Currently for these programs, a business qualifies as a small business if, together with its affiliates, it has either 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years.Davis02/05/19 H Left in AppropriationsNNYN
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HB2545Governor's secretaries; Secretary of Workforce Development created. Creates in the Governor's cabinet the position of Secretary of Workforce Development (the Secretary). The bill removes the position of Chief Workforce Development Advisor and reassigns that position's responsibilities to the Secretary.Byron02/05/19 H Left in AppropriationsNNYN
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HB2662High school graduation requirements; capstone project. Directs the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to require students, beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2022-2023 school year, to complete a senior capstone project, portfolio, performance-based assessment, or structured experiment that relates to a work-based learning, service-learning, or community engagement activity and aligns with and further develops the knowledge and skills attained through such work-based learning, service-learning, or community engagement activity.Landes03/07/19 H EnrolledYYNN
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HJ594Safe Digging Month. Designates April, in 2019 and in each succeeding year, as Safe Digging Month in Virginia.Carr02/20/19 S Agreed to by Senate by voice voteYYNN
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HJ613Trench Safety Stand Down Week. Designates the third full week of June, in 2019 and in each succeeding year, as Trench Safety Stand Down Week in Virginia.Sickles02/20/19 S Agreed to by Senate by voice voteYYNN
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HJ621Study; JLARC; workforce development in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to update its 2014 review of workforce training in the Commonwealth with a new study of workforce development. In conducting its study, JLARC shall examine which entities in the Commonwealth are conducting workforce development activities, how much money is being spent on such activities, the sources of such money, which metrics can be used to determine the effects of spending on workforce development activities, and, based on those metrics, which entities in the Commonwealth are producing the best results.O'Quinn02/05/19 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HJ675Study; Department of Education; experiential learning and workforce development opportunities in high-demand fields; report. Requests the Department of Education to study experiential learning and workforce development opportunities for high school students in high-demand fields.Filler-Corn02/05/19 H Left in RulesNNYN
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SB1098Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definitions; small business. Redefines "small business" for the purposes of programs for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Virginia Public Procurement Act to mean a business that together with its affiliates has both 250 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. The bill provides that gross receipts shall not include the cost of goods and equipment. Currently, under these programs, a business qualifies as a small business if, together with its affiliates, it has either 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years.Marsden02/05/19 S Defeated by Senate (18-Y 22-N)NNYN
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SB1147Public high schools; graduation requirements; credit for work-based learning experiences. Requires the Board of Education in its graduation requirements to permit students in locally approved internships, externships, apprenticeships, credentialing programs, certification programs, licensure programs, and other work-based learning experiences to receive credit, up to a full course load, based on time spent in such programs. The bill also requires the Board to permit students in grade twelve to earn the equivalent of a full course load and to substitute each credit earned in such a program for a standard unit of credit in English, mathematics, science, or history and social science.Petersen01/31/19 S Incorporated by Education and Health (SB1434-McClellan) (15-Y 0-N)NNYN
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SB1523Governor's secretaries; Secretary of Workforce Development created. Creates in the Governor's cabinet the position of Secretary of Workforce Development (the Secretary). The bill assigns to the Secretary responsibility for the Department of Labor and Industry and the Virginia Employment Commission. The bill also removes the position of Chief Workforce Development Advisor and reassigns that position's responsibilities to the Secretary.Ruff02/19/19 H Left in AppropriationsNYYN
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SB1589Education and workforce development; Virginia Works Portal created; report. Creates the Virginia Works Portal, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority, to provide one-stop access to information regarding education pathways, career opportunities, and workforce development information available from agencies, institutions, and entities around the Commonwealth. The bill provides that the Portal shall provide an interactive, user-friendly environment and must be available to the public by July 1, 2020. The bill creates the five-person Virginia Works Board chaired by the Governor's Chief Workforce Development Advisor to oversee the Portal and the Virginia Works Advisory Committee of public and private sector stakeholders to advise the Board. The Virginia Works Board is directed to report annually to the Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education and to the Governor and Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.Dunnavant02/19/19 H Left in AppropriationsNYYN
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SB1592Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; certification of certain small businesses. Directs the Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to amend its regulation regarding the certification of businesses as small businesses and any subcategory of small businesses established as part of an enhancement or remedial measure authorized by the Governor to provide that a business that is certified as a small business or any subcategory of small business pursuant to the small business certification program administered by the Director may be certified using full-time equivalents to determine the number of employees.Dunnavant03/04/19 G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019YYNN
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State Council of Higher Education – New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program. Proposes $4.0 million GF the second year to support an additional 1,800 individuals earning a workforce credential bringing the second year total to $13.5 million. Additional language proposes new eligibility criteria for the grant: students must have a family income at or below $50,000 annually, and no more than 25 percent of the grant funds may be used in one occupational field.YNN
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Workforce Case Management System. Recommends $8.0 million GF in FY 2019 (in Central Appropriations) to integrate workforce case management systems across state agencies. This funding will improve efficiency and provide an easy-to-use entry point into the workforce development system. YNN
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Increase Personnel in Occupational Safety Programs. Proposes new spending of $1.4 million GF and 12 positions in the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program. These positions would conduct safety and health inspections and issue citations where violations of VOSH regulations are found.YNN
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