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  H.B. No. 2478
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the collection, study, and reporting by the Texas
  Workforce Commission of certain information regarding shortages in
  high-wage, high-demand occupations.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 302, Labor Code, is
  amended by adding Section 302.019 to read as follows:
         Sec. 302.019.  OCCUPATIONAL SHORTAGE STUDY; REPORT.  (a)  
  The commission shall gather and study information relating to
  existing and projected shortages in high-wage, high-demand
  occupations in this state. The study conducted by the commission
  under this section must include information on existing and
  projected shortages in high-wage, high-demand occupations in
  industrial job sectors, including:
               (1)  construction;
               (2)  manufacturing;
               (3)  agriculture;
               (4)  forestry;
               (5)  health care and social services;
               (6)  education;
               (7)  transportation and warehousing;
               (8)  mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction;
               (9)  utilities;
               (10)  wholesale trade;
               (11)  retail trade;
               (12)  finance and insurance;
               (13)  professional, scientific, and technical
  services; and
               (14)  hospitality and food services.
         (b)  Not later than January 1 of each year, the commission
  shall submit to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker
  of the house of representatives, and the presiding officer of each
  standing committee or subcommittee of the legislature with primary
  jurisdiction over workforce development matters a detailed report
  summarizing the results of the commission's study under this
  section for the most recent state fiscal year and any suggestions
  and recommendations for legislative action the commission
  considers appropriate resulting from that study.
         SECTION 2.  The Texas Workforce Commission shall submit the
  initial report to the governor and the legislature as required by
  Section 302.019, Labor Code, as added by this Act, not later than
  January 1, 2015.
         SECTION 3.  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. 2478 was passed by the House on May 2,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 2, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2478 was passed by the Senate on May
  20, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor