Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Opportunity in State Public Construction Act. Provides that funding shall be made available for certain programs to prepare individual women and minorities for entry into apprenticeships in the skilled construction trades based on labor market information and projections. Provides the eligible recipients of the funds and the eligible participants in the programs established under the Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall annually collect certain information from each program funded under the Act. Creates the Commission on Opportunity in State Public Construction. Establishes the duties of the Commission. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall award, through a competitive grant process, 3 year initial grants to eligible entities for services to be provided under the Act. Provides that from each State funded construction project with a budget over $1 million, one-half of 1% of the project budget shall be reserved to sustain skilled training, outreach, data collection, worksite monitoring, and the provision of technical assistance to help meet goals for inclusion of women and minorities.
Fiscal Note (Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity)
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity estimates that additional staff and funding will be required to implement the requirements of House Bill 2517. These staff will be responsible for developing grant processes, approving and awarding grants, data collection, performance measurement, technical assistance, and other functions. An exact estimate of the amount and cost of additional staff resources required cannot be made at this time because the amount of funding available through state-funded construction projects is unknown.