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5 This act modifies provisions relating to Workforce Services. The act modifies the definition
6 of consortium of counties and the membership of regional councils on workforce services.
7 The act authorizes the Department of Workforce Services to administer oaths, certify to
8 official acts, and issue subpoenas and makes certain technical changes.
9 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
11 35A-1-102, as last amended by Chapter 21, Laws of Utah 1999
12 35A-1-104, as last amended by Chapter 132, Laws of Utah 1999
13 35A-2-103, as last amended by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1998
14 35A-3-111, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 174, Laws of Utah 1997
15 35A-3-306, as last amended by Chapter 80, Laws of Utah 2000
16 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
17 Section 1. Section 35A-1-102 is amended to read:
18 35A-1-102. Definitions.
19 Unless otherwise specified, as used in this title:
20 (1) "Client" means an individual who the department has determined to be eligible for
21 services or benefits under:
22 (a) Chapter 3, Employment Support Act; and
23 (b) Chapter 5, Training and Workforce Improvement Act.
24 (2) "Consortium of counties" means an organization composed of all the counties within
25 a regional workforce services area designated under Section 35A-2-101 :
26 (a) in which [
27 consisting of county commissioners, county council members, or county mayors jointly comply
28 with this title in working with the executive director of the department regarding regional
29 workforce services areas; and
30 (b) (i) that existed as of July 1, 1997; or
31 (ii) that is created on or after July 1, 1997, with the approval of the executive director.
32 (3) "Department" means the Department of Workforce Services created in Section
33 35A-1-103 .
34 (4) "Employment assistance" means services or benefits provided by the department under:
35 (a) Chapter 3, Employment Support Act; and
36 (b) Chapter 5, Training and Workforce Improvement Act.
37 (5) "Employment center" is a location in a regional workforce services area where the
38 services provided by a regional workforce services area under Section 35A-2-201 may be accessed
39 by a client.
40 (6) "Employment counselor" means an individual responsible for developing an
41 employment plan and coordinating the services and benefits under this title in accordance with
42 Chapter 2, Regional Workforce Services Areas.
43 (7) "Employment plan" means a written agreement between the department and a client
44 that describes:
45 (a) the relationship between the department and the client;
46 (b) the obligations of the department and the client; and
47 (c) the result if an obligation is not fulfilled by the department or the client.
48 (8) "Executive director" means the executive director of the department appointed under
49 Section 35A-1-201 .
50 (9) "Public assistance" means:
51 (a) services or benefits provided under Chapter 3, Employment Support Act;
52 (b) medical assistance provided under Title 26, Chapter 18, Medical Assistance Act;
53 (c) foster care maintenance payments provided [
54 Title IV-E of the Social Security Act;
55 (d) food stamps; and
56 (e) any other public funds expended for the benefit of a person in need of financial,
57 medical, food, housing, or related assistance.
58 (10) "Regional workforce services area" means a regional workforce services area
59 established in accordance with Chapter 2, Regional Workforce Services Areas.
60 (11) "Stabilization" means addressing the basic living, family care, and social or
61 psychological needs of the client so that the client may take advantage of training or employment
62 opportunities provided under this title or through other agencies or institutions.
63 Section 2. Section 35A-1-104 is amended to read:
64 35A-1-104. Department authority.
65 Within all other authority or responsibility granted to it by law, the department may:
66 (1) adopt rules when authorized by this title, in accordance with the procedures of Title
67 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act;
68 (2) purchase, as authorized or required by law, services that the department is responsible
69 to provide for legally eligible persons;
70 (3) conduct adjudicative proceedings in accordance with the procedures of Title 63,
71 Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act;
72 (4) establish eligibility standards for its programs, not inconsistent with state or federal law
73 or regulations;
74 (5) take necessary steps, including legal action, to recover money or the monetary value
75 of services provided to a recipient who is not eligible;
76 (6) administer oaths, certify to official acts, issue subpoenas to compel witnesses and the
77 production of books, accounts, documents, and other records necessary as evidence;
79 by the department, not inconsistent with state law;
81 crediting the program designated by the donor, and using the gift, grant, devise, or donation for the
82 purposes requested by the donor, as long as the request conforms to state and federal policy;
85 reimbursement to be appropriate;
87 developed by the State Council on Workforce Services;
90 authority, agency, or organization that contracts with or receives funds from those authorities or
93 sources, public or private;
95 investigative, and other employees necessary to carry out its policymaking, regulatory, and
96 enforcement powers, rights, duties, and responsibilities under this title;
98 seeking employees and working people seeking employment, and make known the opportunities
99 for employment in this state;
101 employees, employers, employments, and places of employment, and other statistics as it considers
104 federal standards for apprenticeship programs;
106 employee and employer clients; and
108 Section 3. Section 35A-2-103 is amended to read:
109 35A-2-103. Regional council on workforce services -- Appointment -- Membership
110 -- Terms of members -- Compensation.
111 (1) The executive director shall jointly with all of the consortium of counties in the regional
112 workforce services area, establish one or more regional councils on workforce services in each
113 regional workforce services area.
114 (2) A regional council on workforce services shall:
115 (a) perform the functions described in Subsection [
116 (b) work with the regional director, the department, the consortium of counties, and the
117 State Council on Workforce Services on issues requested by the director of the regional workforce
118 services area or the department; and
119 (c) make recommendations to the regional workforce services area and department
121 (i) the implementation of Chapters 2, 3, and 5; and
122 (ii) coordination of apprenticeship training.
124 council on workforce services shall be appointed by the consortium of counties that covers the
125 same geographic area as the regional council in the regional workforce services area, in
126 consultation with the regional director, and shall consist of the following:
127 (a) the voting members who are:
128 (i) eight representatives of private sector small employers as defined by rule by the
130 (ii) eight representatives of private sector large employers as defined by rule by the
132 (iii) two representatives of employees, including employee organizations and including
133 at least one representative from nominees suggested by public employees organizations in the
135 (iv) two representatives of clients, including community-based organizations;
136 (v) one representative from organized labor not representing public employees;
137 (vi) three [
138 county commissioners, county council members, or county mayors from the counties in the
139 regional workforce services area;
140 (vii) a representative of public education appointed jointly by the school district
141 superintendents in the region;
142 (viii) a representative of higher education appointed jointly by the presidents of the
143 institutions of higher education in the region;
144 (ix) a representative of veterans;
145 (x) a representative of the Office of Rehabilitation; and
146 (xi) an individual who works for or is a member of an economic development board or
147 committee of the state or one of its political subdivisions; and
148 (b) ex officio nonvoting members who are:
149 (i) a representative of applied technology;
150 (ii) a representative of the Department of Human Services; and
151 (iii) a representative of the Department of Health.
153 officio member of the council and provide any necessary staff support for the council.
155 appoints the council shall, in consultation with the regional director, appoint a member of the
156 council to be the chair of the council to serve no more than two one-year terms.
157 (b) The chair shall be a representative of private sector employers.
159 members expire, the consortium of counties in the regional workforce services area that appoints
160 the council shall, in consultation with the regional director, appoint each new member or
161 reappointed member to a four-year term.
162 (ii) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection [
163 counties in the regional workforce services area that appoints the council shall, in consultation with
164 the regional director, at the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to
165 ensure that the terms of council members are staggered so that approximately one half of the
166 council is appointed every two years.
167 (iii) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
168 appointed for the unexpired term.
169 (b) At the expiration of the term of a council member or if a vacancy occurs on the council,
170 the consortium of counties in the regional workforce services area shall appoint a replacement to
171 the council, in consultation with the regional director.
172 (c) A member shall continue to serve as a member until the member's successor has been
173 appointed and qualified.
174 (d) A member is eligible for reappointment.
175 (e) The consortium of counties in the regional workforce services area that appoints the
176 council shall appoint, in consultation with the regional director, an individual to replace a council
177 member for the remainder of the term of the council member being replaced if the council
179 (i) ceases to be representative as designated by the original appointment; or
180 (ii) fails to attend three council meetings, if each of the three absences are not excused by
181 the chair prior to or during the meeting.
184 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection [
185 shall be present for business to be transacted.
187 but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties
188 at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
189 (ii) A public member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the member's
191 (b) (i) A state government member who does not receive salary, per diem, or expenses
192 from the state for the member's service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
193 performance of the member's official duties as a member at the rates established by the Division
194 of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
195 (ii) A state government member who is a member because of the member's state
196 government position may not receive per diem or expenses for the member's service.
197 (iii) A state government member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the
198 member's service.
199 (c) A higher education member who does not receive salary, per diem, or expenses from
200 the entity that the member represents for the member's service may receive per diem and expenses
201 incurred in the performance of the member's official duties from the council at the rates established
202 by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
203 (d) (i) A local government member who does not receive salary, per diem, or expenses
204 from the entity that the member represents for the member's service may receive per diem and
205 expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the
206 Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
207 (ii) A local government member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the
208 member's service.
210 appoints the council a written report that shall include the information concerning the elements of
211 the regional plan described in Subsection 35A-2-102 (4)(b).
213 (a) determine the locations of employment centers in accordance with Section 35A-2-203 ;
214 (b) develop a regional workforce services plan in accordance with Section 35A-1-207 ;
215 (c) develop training priorities for the region;
216 (d) work cooperatively with the State Council on Workforce Services to oversee regional
217 workforce services areas operations and to ensure that services are being delivered in accordance
218 with regional workforce services plans;
219 (e) address concerns within the regional workforce services area related to apprenticeship
220 training coordination;
221 (f) coordinate the planning and delivery of workforce development services with public
222 education, higher education, vocational rehabilitation, and human services; and
223 (g) report annually to the State Council on Workforce Services.
224 Section 4. Section 35A-3-111 is amended to read:
225 35A-3-111. Collection -- Office of Recovery Services.
226 (1) The division, through the Office of Recovery Services as provided in Section
227 35A-1-107 , is responsible for collecting all funds due or that become due to the state under Section
229 (2) Excess property liens required in the various programs not transferred to the federal
230 government shall remain a condition of eligibility in public assistance programs.
231 Section 5. Section 35A-3-306 is amended to read:
232 35A-3-306. Limits on eligibility.
233 (1) For purposes of this section, "battered or subjected to extreme cruelty" is defined in
234 Section 103(a)(1) of P.L. 104-193 or 42 U.S.C. Sec. 608(a)(7)(C)(iii), The Personal Responsibility
235 and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.
236 (2) Except as provided in Subsection (4), the division may not provide cash assistance to
237 a family who has received cash assistance for 36 months or more.
238 (3) (a) The division shall count toward the 36-month time limit in Subsection (2) any time
239 after January 1, 1997, during which:
240 (i) the parent client received cash assistance in this or another state; and
241 (ii) the parent client is disqualified from receiving cash assistance and the parent client's
242 income and assets are counted in determining eligibility for the family in this or another state.
243 (b) The division may not count toward the 36-month time limit in Subsection (2) or the
244 24-month time period in Subsection (4) any time during which a person 18 years of age or older
245 received cash assistance as a minor child and not as a parent.
246 (4) (a) On a month-to-month basis for up to 24 months, the division may provide cash
247 assistance to a family beyond the 36-month time limit in Subsection (2) if:
248 (i) during the previous month, the parent client was employed for no less than 80 hours;
250 (ii) during at least six of the previous 24 months the parent client was employed for no less
251 than 80 hours a month.
252 (b) For up to 20% of the average monthly number of families who receive cash assistance
253 under this part, the division may provide cash assistance to a family beyond the 36-month time
254 limit in Subsection (2):
255 (i) by reason of a hardship; or
256 (ii) if the family includes an individual who has been battered or subjected to extreme
258 (c) For up to 20% of the average monthly number of families who receive cash assistance
259 under this part, the division may provide cash assistance to a family beyond the additional
260 24-month time period in Subsection (4)(a):
261 (i) by reason of a hardship; or
262 (ii) if the family includes an individual who has been battered or subjected to extreme
264 (d) Except as provided in Subsection (4)[
265 assistance to a family who has received 60 months of cash assistance after October 1, 1996.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-15-01 9:13 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
The Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Interim Committee
recommended this bill.
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