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Relating to the establishment of the work-based learning task force.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1355 would create the work-based learning task force to develop strategies for expanding and improving the delivery of work-based learning opportunities in this state. A "work-based learning opportunity" would be defined as a youth or adult apprenticeship or internship that provides paid work experience and corresponding classroom instruction, delivered in an employment relationship that both the business and worker intend to lead to an industry-recognized credential and full-time employment after completion of the program.
The task force would be abolished on September 1, 2021.
We originally opposed this legislation, however, after speaking with a number of stakeholders we have revised our position to neutral. We remain concerned about future legislation which may arise as a result of this task force. While the bill does not appropriate new funds, one of the task force responsibilities would be to develop recommendations for aligning public and private resources for work-based learning opportunities. We would likely oppose future legislation expanding taxpayer subsidies for work-based learning opportunities.