The bill creates the just transition office in the division of employment and training in the department of labor and employment. The office, led by a director, will administer the following:
- Benefits to coal transition workers to enable them to support themselves and their families and to access and complete education and training, resulting in being hired for high-quality jobs; and
- Grants to eligible entities in coal transition communities that seek to create a more diversified, equitable, and vibrant economic future for those communities.
The office will begin to award benefits and grants on the earlier of January 1, 2023, or the date, as determined by the director, when sufficient money is available in the just transition cash fund to award just transition benefits or just transition grants, as applicable.
An electric utility that proposes to retire a coal-fueled electric generating facility shall submit to the office a workforce transition plan at least 90 days before the retirement of the facility.
The bill creates a just transition advisory committee to advise the director regarding implementation of the bill.
The bill appropriates $163,010 from the general fund to the department of labor and employment and $1,838 from the general fund to the general assembly for the implementation of the act.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)