Recently, House leadership launched a bipartisan legislative package #GoodJobs4PA aimed at improving workforce development in Pennsylvania by realigning our education, vocational and labor systems and improving career and technical educational opportunities in the Commonwealth.

We’ve identified some workforce bills in the #GoodJobs4PA package that we think will help grow our state.

Bills to Watch

House Bill 522: Career and Technical Education Investment Incentive Program | Rep. Tobash

Status: Passed the House

The bill would establish a Career and Technical Education Investment Incentive Program which would provide tax credits to businesses that contribute to career and technical education scholarships or purchase industry standard equipment for career and technical partnership organizations. This program benefits job creators and encourages the ongoing investment in vocational education to support our workforce demands. Read the full bill

HB 573: Authorizing Graduates of Approved Foreign Nursing Schools to take the RN Licensure Examination | Rep. B. Miller

The bill would amend The Professional Nursing Law (Act 69 of 1951) to allow the State Board of Nursing to approve graduates of foreign professional nursing education programs to sit for the RN licensure examination, provided such programs are determined to be equivalent to which is required in Pennsylvania. Read the full bill

HB 297: Career Information and Recruitment | Rep. Mako

The bill requires the PA Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs including training opportunities and future earning potential. In addition, school entities will allow for community colleges and other technical and/or trade schools to attend career/college fairs. Read the full bill

HB393: Online Career Resource Center | Rep. Harkins

The bill would require the Departments of Education (PDE), Labor and Industry (L&I) and Agriculture to develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center for students, parents, educators, and school officials to provide information on the value and impact of CTE, career pathways, data and statistics on employment opportunities and compensation, postsecondary options and statewide and regional articulation agreements. Read the full bill

HB394: Workforce Development Program Inventory and Clearinghouse | Rep. Mullery

The bill would require the Department of Education (PDE) and the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) to conduct a complete inventory of existing workforce development programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels with particular emphasis on opportunities for business-education partnerships with the goal being to share those best practices learned with the various entities to help improve the delivery of career focused opportunities. Read the full bill