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AB-639 Task Force on Addressing Workforce Impacts of Transitioning Seaports to a Lower Carbon Economy: California Workforce Development Board: informational report.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares that the transition to a lower carbon economy be undertaken through inclusive economic policies and that those workers and communities who find themselves “stranded” by the phasing out of carbon-intensive industries are supported with training and new employment opportunities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 12893.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12893.1.
 (a) The Task Force on Addressing Workforce Impacts of Transitioning Seaports to a Lower Carbon Economy is hereby created in the agency.
(b) (1) The task force shall consist of the following members:
(A) Seven members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.
(i) At least four members of the task force appointed by the Governor shall be a member or an employee of a union or guild related to the operations of state seaports or another industry impacted by the implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan developed pursuant to Executive Order B-32-15.
(ii) At least two members of the task force appointed by the Governor shall have experience working on economic projects in disadvantaged communities.
(B) One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(C) One member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(2) Task force members shall have expertise in economic, financial, or policy aspects of economic development, labor representation, job creation, or workforce development.
(3) Each member shall be appointed to a term of three years. A member who fails to attend two task force meetings in one calendar year shall be deemed removed from the task force, and the appointing power for that member shall appoint a new member to fill the vacancy.
(4) Task force members shall not receive per diem or other similar compensation for serving as a task force member, but may receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.
(c) The task force shall hold its first meeting on or before March 1, 2020. Meetings shall be held quarterly or at a frequency deemed appropriate by the members. Members may attend a meeting either in person or by teleconference or internet conference.
(d) (1) The task force shall advise state agencies on the most effective ways to expend clean energy and greenhouse gas moneys to implement policies and programs to mitigate the impacts of transitioning seaport operations to low- and zero-emission operations on incumbent workers. The task force also shall do all of the following:
(A) Monitor and advise on the development of guidance for reviewing existing positions at state seaports and other facilities and businesses impacted by the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan developed pursuant to Executive Order B-32-15, including those individuals employed in public and private sector organizations, to identify at least equivalent occupations for which the individual is currently qualified or could be trained within six months to a year to be qualified.
(B) Monitor and advise on the development of guidance for workforce boards to undertake individual skill set assessments for individuals who may face employment impacts as a result of the state’s transition to a lower carbon economy, including the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan developed pursuant to Executive Order B-32-15. This includes indirect and direct employment impacts.
(C) Monitor and advise on the development of guidance for tracking and reporting training and jobs outcomes for state clean energy and low-carbon economy transition investments and use this information to evaluate the state’s progress in addressing the needs of incumbent workers who may be stranded as the state transitions to a low- and zero-emission freight movement system.
(D) Advise state agencies on the most effective ways to align state clean energy and low-carbon training moneys with existing state workforce development investments and strategies to support the individuals who may face the impacts of transitioning to a lower carbon economy, including employees at seaports.
(2) The task force shall consult with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the California Workforce Development Board, when appropriate, in implementing this subdivision. The agency may assign or refer responsibilities to other relevant state agencies, but shall retain the ultimate responsibility for implementing this section and supporting the task force.
(3) For purposes of this subdivision, “state agency” means any board, commission, department, or other agency of the state.
(e) The task force shall provide an annual update to the Governor and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on its activities.
(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 Section 38532 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

38532.
 (a) On or before December 31, 2022, the California Workforce Development Board shall develop and present at a hearing of the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies an informational report that includes both of the following:
(1) The impacts on employment, including direct and indirect, of policies, programs, and regulations adopted or implemented to meet statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
(2) Recommended actions to mitigate the negative impacts on incumbent workers who may become stranded as carbon-intensive industries are phased out or severely limited, including, but not limited to, programs that train incumbent workers for employment opportunities, paying at least equal pay, in the same industry sector and related sectors following a technology upgrade related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
(b) The report may be presented at the same hearing where the state board is required to present an informational report on emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria pollutants, and toxic air contaminants, pursuant to Section 38531.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.