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  H.B. No. 2034
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to unemployment compensation eligibility and chargebacks
  regarding certain persons who leave work to attend training.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 204.022(e), Labor Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (e)  Benefits may not be charged to the account of an
  employer, regardless of whether the liability for the chargeback
  arises in the employee's current benefit year or in a subsequent
  benefit year, if the employee's last separation from the employer's
  employment before the employee's benefit year was or would have
  been excepted from disqualification under Section 207.023(b)(2) or
  207.045(j) [207.052(b)].
         SECTION 2.  Section 207.045, Labor Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (j) to read as follows:
         (j)  An individual is not disqualified for benefits under
  this section if:
               (1)  the individual left the individual's last work to
  attend commission-approved training under Section 207.022; and
               (2)  the individual's last work did not constitute
  suitable work for the individual, as determined under Section
  207.008.
         SECTION 3.  Section 207.052, Labor Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 4.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
  a claim for unemployment compensation benefits filed with the Texas
  Workforce Commission on or after the effective date of this Act. A
  claim filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the
  law in effect on the date the claim was filed, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2034 was passed by the House on April
  11, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 137, Nays 7, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2034 was passed by the Senate on May
  17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 27, Nays 4.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor