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  H.B. No. 1297
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the review of certain skills development fund workforce
  training programs.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 303.004, Labor Code, is amended to read
  as follows:
         Sec. 303.004.  FUND REVIEW. (a) The Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board shall review all customized training programs
  biennially to verify that state funds are being used appropriately
  by public community and technical colleges and the Texas A&M
  Engineering Extension Service under this chapter.
         (b)  Not later than October 1 of each even-numbered year, the
  Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and each public community
  or technical college that provides workforce training under this
  chapter shall:
               (1)  conduct a review of the service's or college's
  training programs to:
                     (A)  determine the effectiveness of the programs
  in improving the wages of participants who complete the programs;
  and
                     (B)  identify strategies for improving the
  delivery of workforce training in order to more effectively impact
  economic development in this state; and
               (2)  submit to the commission a detailed written report
  summarizing the results of the review for inclusion by the
  executive director in the report to the governor and the
  legislature required by Section 303.006(c).
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1297 was passed by the House on April
  11, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1297 on May 21, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1297 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor