Monday, March 11, 2013

House OK for Hansen bills brightens job outlook

Rep. Drew Hansen
The state’s job market would gain strength for the future under four bills by Rep. Drew Hansen that cleared the state House this past week.
“There are signs we’re rebounding from the depths of the Great Recession, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Hansen said. “I want to protect the jobs we have and prepare our young people for opportunities in the 21st –century economy. It’s very encouraging to me to get the strong, bipartisan support of my fellow legislators in that work.”
The bills are:
House Bill 1247, which makes it easier for small businesses to get money from a key state job-training program designed to help employees upgrade their skills. The bill also ensures that money from this program supports training that leads to degrees and credentials rather than dead-end jobs. The House voted unanimously for it Saturday, 98-0.
House Bill 1472, which helps students train for high-paying jobs in the computer industry by enhancing computer-science education in high schools and creating a statewide task force to address the computer programmer shortage. It was approved Friday 95-3.
House Bill 1245, which protects jobs in the shellfish and recreation industries by getting abandoned vessels out of our waters before they sink and cause pollution. It passed the House Thursday on a 96-1 vote.
House Bill 1660, which will lessen the paperwork burden on hospitals and colleges as they train new doctors and nurses. It won unanimous approval Tuesday, 96-0.
House approval of Hansen’s bills sends them to the Senate for action there.
To read a more extensive account of House action on these bills, click here.

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