|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 21, 2012||committed to rules|
|May 14, 2012||advanced to third reading|
|May 09, 2012||2nd report cal.|
|May 08, 2012||1st report cal.732|
|Jan 31, 2012||reported and committed to finance|
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to energy and telecommunications|
returned to senate
died in assembly
|Jun 14, 2011||referred to ways and means|
delivered to assembly
|Jun 01, 2011||advanced to third reading|
|May 25, 2011||2nd report cal.|
|May 24, 2011||1st report cal.846|
|May 03, 2011||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S5085
Directs the commissioner of labor to conduct a study and report on current trends in the workforce that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility industry
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May 8, 2012 - Finance committee VoteS5085331committee33Aye1Nay1Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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Finance Committee Vote: May 8, 2012aye (33)nay (1)aye wr (1)
Jan 31, 2012 - Energy and Telecommunications committee VoteS5085120committee12Aye0Nay0Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
Jun 14, 2011 - floor VoteS5085620floor62Aye0Nay0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: Jun 14, 2011aye (62)
May 24, 2011 - Energy and Telecommunications committee VoteS5085101committee10Aye1Nay1Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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S5085 - Bill Details
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S5085 - Bill Texts
Directs the commissioner of labor, in consultation with the public service commission, to conduct a study and report on current trends in the workforce that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility industry; authorizes additional studies and reports upon rates hikes, complaints by third parties or upon identification of a shortage.
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TITLE OF BILL:
An act directing a study and report on current trends in the workforce
that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility
This bill would require the Department of Labor to provide analysis and
recommendations of how the traditional utility industry is addressing
and should address workforce development in the areas of generation and
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would add require the Department of Labor to
monitor workforce trends in the utility industry.
Section 2 of the bill outlines when the Commissioner of Labor can and
will initiate a report of workforce trends in the utility industry.
Section 3 of the bill requires the Commissioner of Labor to report any
information that would suggest a shortage in workforce needs in the
utility industry to the legislature.
Section 4 the Commissioner with the assistance of a Data Review
Committee shall make recommendation on how to address any shortages in
the workforce within the utility industry.
New York's traditional energy sectors are falling behind in terms of
workforce development. The state's policy shift toward making the
alternative energy sectors part of a long term energy strategy has left
many utilities companies in the coal, gas, oil, and electric industries
with little reason to make serious investments in the workforce.
However, the time at which alternative energy can be a substantial
contributor to New York's energy needs is many years away. This
uncertainty in New York's energy transition has caused a lack of
investment on the part of utilities. It is certain that because of the
lack of understand of what the workforce needs are within New York's
utility industry there will be an "energy gap", meaning a period of time
where the traditional energy industries failed to take necessary action
to ensure that the workforce and infrastructure needs were meet to
guarantee a smooth transition to alternative energy at a point in time
where alternative energies are able to produce the amounts of energy
necessary to replace some forms of traditional energy production.
Currently, we are in a serious situation as the lack of new hires
coupled with an aging workforce ready to retire has created an
institutional knowledge problem. This bill will shed light on the
challenges New York State face as we bridge the energy gap and will be a
blueprint to addressing those challenges.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Minimal, there is no anticipation that any additional resources will be
needed outside of the ones that currently exist at the DOL
Thirty days after it shall have become law
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5085 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 3, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT directing a study and report on current trends in the workforce that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility industry THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. 1. The commissioner of labor, in consultation with, and using data collected by, the public service commission, shall monitor trends in the workforce of: (a) personnel that support the generation of power in the utility industry; and (b) personnel that support the transmission of power in the utility industry. 2. Not later than one year after the effective date of this act, the commissioner of labor shall submit to the legislature a report on current trends under subdivision one of this section, with recommenda- tions to meet the future labor requirements for the energy industries. The commissioner of labor shall have the authority to commence addi- tional studies when (a) a utility initiates a rate hike request; or (b) a complaint is brought by a third party. The scope of any additional study can be broadened to include all utilities in the state or limited to the evaluation to just one utility. 3. As soon as practicable after the date on which the commissioner of labor identifies or predicts a significant shortage in this state of personnel in one or more energy sectors, the commissioner of labor shall submit to the legislature a report describing the shortage, after the data review committee, appointed pursuant to subdivision four of this section has reviewed and provided input on the report. The commissioner of labor shall have broad authority to require utilities to provide EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11351-01-1 S. 5085 2 documents and reports regarding their staffing practices. The commis- sioner of labor shall have the authority to seek the following types of information, including but not limited to: (a) staffing-related service quality data; (b) current staffing levels; (c) recruitment and hiring plans; (d) anticipated retirements; (e) anticipated skills set needs; (f) retention plans; (g) succession plans; and (h) efforts to capture knowledge from retiring personnel. 4. The commissioner of labor shall evaluate the data with the assist- ance of experts in human resources, corporate management, internal controls and business/planning policies, and forecasting and planning. The commissioner of labor shall benefit by being informed by all enti- ties with interests in, and relevant information concerning, utility staffing issues. The commissioner of labor shall form a data review committee and shall appoint one member each from the following consti- tuencies to serve for terms of 2 years: (a) a regulated utility; (b) a labor representative; (c) a state ratepayer advocate organization; (d) an industrial customer or other large user; and (e) the public service commission. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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