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Green Jobs 2010 State Legislation and Incentives

Green Jobs – 2010 State Legislation and Incentives

Overview

In 2010, 29 states introduced legislation relating to the creation of green jobs. Trends in this legislation include scholarships, training programs and incentives that encourage energy efficient and renewable energy manufacturing.

Twenty-nine states/territories introduced legislation or have pending legislation:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, HawaiiIdaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Arizona

H.B. 2356 – “Green Buildings and Recovery Funding”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/14/10
Summary: Requires the State Energy Office to establish a “Green Jobs Advisory Council” to advise the state energy office on the establishment and implementation of the state energy program in order to address the state’s energy priorities.


California

S.B. 267 – “Environmental Protection: Green Jobs”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/24/09
Summary: To state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation defining “green jobs” related to environmental protection in the State of California.

S.B. 523 – “Solar Feed-In Tariff Pilot Program”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/27/09
Summary: Creates a solar feed-in tariff pilot program to expand the solar industry within the State of California and in order to create more green jobs for the state (in the solar industry).

A.B. 1581 – “Solid Waste: Recycling Market Development”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/27/09 (amended 4/23/09)
Summary: Contains a legislative finding and declaration that cities and counties are encouraged to propose recycling market development zones (“RMDZs”) to stimulate economic development and create green jobs.

S.B. 15 f – “Employment Training Panel: Jobs Training Program”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/16/10
Summary: Requires the Employment Training Panel to establish and administer the Jobs Initiatives Training Program. The Jobs Initiative Training Program is to focus on providing job training for displaced workers and training for workers in industries where jobs exist or job growth is anticipated. This training is to include training related to green jobs.


Colorado

H.B. 1262 – “Green Jobs and Medical Scholarships”
Status: Pending/Postponed Indefinitely
Introduced: 2/4/10
Summary: Creates the CO Green Jobs Scholarship Program to assist persons in obtaining training or education for a job in an environmentally friendly growth industry.

H.B. 1331 – “Government Energy Office Green Building Incentive”
Status: Pending/Postponed Indefinitely
Introduced: 2/8/10
Summary: To provide incentives for new residential construction to meet stringent new energy efficiency standards and to improve energy efficiency in existing residences in order to stimulate local and state economies and provide opportunities for job growth in green jobs and industries that are focused on improving energy efficiency.

H.B. 1333 – “Green Jobs Colorado Training Pilot Program”
Status: Enacted (6/11/10)
Summary: Creates the Green Jobs Colorado Training Program to ensure that future workforce supply can meet the increasing demand for green job skills in a “new energy economy.”


Connecticut

H.B. 5508 – “Division of Electricity Policy and Procurement”
Status: Failed
Introduced: 3/10/10
Summary: Creates the Division of Electricity Policy and Procurement to establish goals to develop green jobs in the state.

H.B. 5465 – “Development of Green Jobs”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/3/10 (amended 4/12/10)
Summary: Requires Labor Department to develop a green jobs website in order to disseminate information on green jobs technology and industry in the state. The department is also to develop a list of green jobs and update the list biennially and provide the list to educational institutions and the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission. “Green jobs” means jobs that: (1) promote clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, or energy conservation; or (2) reduce greenhouse gases or carbon emissions. Additionally, requires the Labor Department to appoint and convene a Green Jobs Advisory Board. The Board is to: (1) provide guidance to the department with regard to establishing and creating the demand for green jobs and provide guidance to the Department of Higher Education regarding training needs for green jobs; and (2) create targets and rating criteria to set measureable goals.

H.B. 5164 – “Green Jobs”
Status: Enacted (6/8/10)
Summary: Provides for new academic degree and certification programs related to the green jobs industry. Further, provides for courses of instruction and initiatives to align green job programs with employer needs.

H.B. 5435 – “Small Business Preseed Financing”
Status: Enacted (5/6/10)
Summary: Provides loan forgiveness or reimbursement for state students with majors in the “green technology business” (cap is $10,000 residents with a bachelor’s degree and $5,000 for residents with an associate’s degree). “Green technology business” is defined as an eligible business with not less than 25% of its employment positions being positions in which green technology is employed or developed.


District of Columbia

R. 476 – “Advanced Metering Infrastructure Jobs Program”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 7/31/09
Summary: It is the sense of the Council of the District of Columbia that the Potomac Electric Power Company, in consultation with the Public Service Commission, should create a targeted DC jobs program during its implementation of advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”) to provide new “green jobs” and related jobs to many unemployed and underemployed residents of the District of Columbia.

R. 530 – “Clean Water State Revolving Fund”
Status: Enacted (10/6/09)
Summary: Concerns the distribution of $11,402,244 in stimulus funds during FY 2010. Determines that the grant funding should be used to fund a variety of green projects, including the creation of local green jobs.


Florida

H.B. 1461/S.B. 2644 – “Energy Economic Zones”
Status: Failed
Introduced: 3/2/10; 3/11/10
Summary: Authorizes specified tax credits and other incentives for pilot energy economic zone communities; incentives to be offered by pilot communities, by ordinance, to stimulate green economic development and to create green jobs.


Hawaii

S.B. 745 – “Public School Facilities and Construction Standard”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/23/09 (vetoed by Governor as H.B. 986 on 7/10/09)
Summary: Designed to create “green” jobs in the technology, construction and general labor sectors through the improvement of public school facilities (i.e. improving facility and technology design, reducing cost of energy needed by schools, decreasing carbon emissions, and lowering energy dependence).


Idaho

S.B. 1273 – “Renewable Energy Siting Permits”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/22/10
Summary: Creates new chapter – Chapter 18, Title 61, Idaho Code – “Grow Green Idaho Jobs Act.” The purpose of this chapter is to speed the creation of green jobs in Idaho by requiring local governments and the state to expedite permits for renewable energy projects.


Illinois

S.B. 1489 – “Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act”
Status: Enacted (6/30/09)
Summary: Creates the “Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act,” with one of its goals being to design, install and maintain green infrastructure in order to create new jobs for architecture, designers, engineers, construction workers, maintenance workers, landscapers, nurseries, and related services – i.e. “green jobs.”

H.B. 4129/H.B. 5647 – “Green Jobs Tax Credit Act”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/27/09; 2/8/10
Summary: Creates the Green Jobs Tax Credit Act to provide incentives for green job creation within the state.

H.B. 4186 – “Green Jobs Training”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/27/09 (amended 5/15/09)
Summary: Creates the Green Jobs Training Fund Act to create the Green Jobs Training Fund. The fund will support the development and implementation of worker skills training and education programs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

H.B. 3668/S. 856 – “Climate Action and Clean Energy Investment Act”/ “Environmental Protection Act”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/24/09 (amended 3/19/09); 2/6/09
Summary: Creates the Climate Action and Clean Energy Investment Act in order to adopt rules necessary to establish and implement a market-based cap and invest program to limit greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas emissions allowances are to be auctioned, with the proceeds of each auction being used to create green jobs.


Iowa

H.S.B. 727 – “Department of Workforce Development”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/8/10
Summary: Appropriates $1 million to the Department of Workforce Development for FY 2010-2011. The funds are to be allocated to the Workforce Development Board for grants to Iowa community colleges to implement the recommendations of the Green Jobs Task Force (established by Executive Order No. 16).


Louisiana

H.C.R. 122 – “Workforce Development”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 4/26/10
Summary: Creates the Louisiana Workforce Advisory Council, with the purpose of studying and making recommendations to certain standing legislative committees on policies that promote green job growth in Louisiana.


Maine

H.B. 826 – “Energy Independence”
Status: Failed
Introduced: 3/24/09
Summary: Creates Efficiency Maine Plus – an independent authority with oversight responsibilities for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for all fuels. Requires the authority to plan, implement and evaluate energy efficiency programs for all consume sectors. One of the goals behind investing in energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy is to create new green jobs.


Massachusetts

H.B. 1798 – “Green Job Training”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/19/09
Summary: Promotes green jobs training programs in the greater Boson, Massachusetts area.

S.B. 1504 – “Wind Energy Siting Reform”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/19/09 (amended 11/17/09)
Summary: Promotes the siting of wind energy facilities within the state as an “essential public purpose,” in that it will foster green job creation and technical expertise in the clean energy sector.


Minnesota

H.B. 1136/H.B. 1194/S.B. 1777/S.B. 1232/S.B. 2114 – “Taxation”/ “Economic Development”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/26/09; 3/2/09; 3/23/09; 3/5/09; 4/23/09
Summary: Creates the Green Jobs Tax Credit.

H.B. 1617 – “Employment”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/12/09
Summary: Appropriates money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers, including, but not limited to, green jobs.

H.B. 1645/S.B. 1608 – “Economic Development”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/12/09; 3/18/09
Summary: Appropriates money to specific state programs; prioritizes recommendations of the state’s Green Jobs Task Force for appropriations.

S.B. 1492/H.B. 1576 – “Waters”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/16/09
Summary: Appropriations bill for certain K-12 schools in the state; appropriates funding to ten K-12 school districts for green jobs staff related to water and ecological planning; appropriates funding to ten K-12 school districts for green jobs staff related to eco-renovations or engineering controls.

H.B. 2096/S.B. 1919 – “Energy”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/24/09; 3/26/09
Summary: Creates the Minnesota Green Enterprise Authority to coordinate and mandate collaboration on green enterprise and green economy projects; appropriates money toward green jobs creation.

S.B. 1062/H.B. 2329 – “Economic Development”/ “Taxation”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/2/09 (amended 3/30/09); 4/17/09
Summary: Provides green job incentives (“Green Jobs Credit”); provides for green job opportunity building zones.

H.B. 1169 – “Employment”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/26/09 (amended 4/20/09)
Summary: Appropriates money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers, including, but not limited to, green jobs. Additionally, appropriates funds to the Green Jobs Task Force for the purpose of green enterprise assistance.

H.B. 2088 – “Appropriations”
Status: Chaptered (Ch. 2009-78) (5/14/09)
Introduced: 3/24/09 (amended 5/8/09) (line item 5/14/09)
Summary: Appropriates money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers, including, but not limited to, green jobs. Additionally, appropriates money for economic development and housing, including improvements to the energy efficiency and environmental health of residential units and other green jobs purposes.

H.B. 2123 – “Environment Finance”
Status: Chaptered (Ch. 2009-37) (5/7/09)
Introduced: 3/25/09 (amended 5/4/09) (line item 5/7/09)
Summary: Concerns appropriations related to both the integration of the state’s Green Jobs Task Force and the mayors’ Initiative on Green Manufacturing and the creation of green jobs that will contribute to a “green economy” for the state.

H.B. 1122 – “Appropriations”
Status: Chaptered (Ch. 2009-94) (5/16/09)
Introduced: 2/26/09 (amended 5/13/09) (line item 5/16/09)
Summary: Requires the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute to prepare a detailed study, in coordination with the Green Jobs Task Force, regarding the state’s agricultural production sector – the “Green Jobs Food Production Study.” The study is to define the size of the employment base and identify opportunities to increase the number of green jobs in each of the following sector segments: organics and organic value-added processing and local, conventional, natural, traditional, and urban farming.

H.B. 1671 – “State and Local Government”
Status: Chaptered (Ch. 215) (4/1/10)
Introduced: 3/12/09 (amended 3/29/10) (enacted 4/1/10)
Summary: Relates to the financing and operation of state and local government; appropriates money or reduces appropriations for state government. Appropriates money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers, including, but not limited to, green jobs.
NOTE: Similar provisions found in S.B. 2510/H.B. 2781 (chaptered 5/15/10)


Missouri

S.B. 689/H.B. 2066 – “Missouri Clean Energy Technology Center”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/6/10; 2/8/10
Summary: Establishes the “Green Jobs Initiative” to award grants to the state’s public institutions of higher education and vocational-technical schools to facilitate workforce development efforts and train and retain students in clean energy industries.


New Hampshire

S.B. 393 – “New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Loan Fund”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/13/10
Summary: Establishes a New Hampshire sustainable energy loan fund (“SELF”) financing program to support community development, stimulate economic development in the growing energy services and sustainable energy industries, and create green jobs” to sustain and enhance the economy.


New Jersey

N.J. A. 1108 – “Green Jobs Certification Program”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/12/10
Summary: Requires the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to establish a certification program for green jobs. Additionally, allows a tax credit against the corporation business tax and the New Jersey gross income tax to defray the costs associated with green job certification.

N.J. A. 1098/S.B. 1648 – “Green Jobs Certification Programs”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/12/10 (amended 2/8/10); 3/11/10
Summary: Authorizes county colleges and county vocational school districts to establish green job certification programs. Under the programs, the schools are to identify needed skills, develop training programs, and train workers for green jobs in one or more industries including, but not limited to, energy efficient building, construction and retrofits, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles, biofuels, and manufacturing that produces sustainable products and uses sustainable processes and materials.

S.B. 1954 – “Forest Harvest Demonstration Projects”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 5/20/10 (amended 6/3/10)
Summary: Establishes forest harvest demonstration projects in Pinelands; establishes forest harvest program on state-owned land. More specifically, provides for the thinning of forests on state-owned land in order to provide much-needed revenue to manage the state’s parks and forests. Further, provides for the establishment of a viable market for such products in order to create “green” jobs.

S.B. 2451
Status: Pending
Introduced: 12/15/08
Summary: Provides exemption from tax on sales of certain energy-saving products and services purchased from businesses located in an Urban Enterprise Zone, provides that services from a vendor in an Urban Enterprise Zone-impacted business district relating to the design or installation of alternative and renewable energy systems, energy auditing and assessments, and purchases and installation of Energy Star program compliant equipment are subject to the same exemption.


New Mexico

N.M. S.J.M. 33
Status: Adopted (3/13/09)
Summary: Requests Congress to include appropriations in the national stimulus package for, and to recognize the importance of, New Mexico’s pivotal role in the national energy strategy for economic recovery.

N.M. H.B. 622
Status: Enacted (Ch. 2009-275)
Summary: Relates to economic development, enacts the Green Jobs Bonding Act, provides for green jobs training programs, creates a fund, provides procedures for implementing grants to higher education institutions for green jobs training programs, authorizes the issuance of green jobs revenue bonds, makes appropriations.


New York

N.Y. A. 153 – “Education, Labor and Family Assistance Budget”
Status: Enacted (4/7/09) (Ch. 53)
Summary: Appropriations bill; appropriates certain monies to establish a green jobs corps program to provide job readiness and hard skills training to prepare participants for subsidized employment placement in the green jobs sector.

N.Y. A. 8744 – “Statewide Green Jobs Development and Recruitment”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 6/5/09
Summary: Establishes statewide green jobs development and recruitment strategy and creates tax credit incentives to attract green jobs.

N.Y. A. 8377 – “Green Jobs Workforce Subcommittee”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 5/18/09 (amended 6/10/09)
Summary: Establishes the green jobs workforce subcommittee of the state workforce investment board to conduct labor market data analysis, to provide job training and education programs, and to provide a local green jobs corps.

N.Y. A. 8901 – “Green Jobs Green New York Act”
Status: Enacted (10/9/09) (Ch. 487)
Summary: Establishes the Green Jobs-Green New York Act, to promote energy efficiency, energy conservation and the installation of clean energy technologies, to reduce energy consumption and costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support sustainable community development, and to create green jobs opportunities.

N.Y. S. 5640 – “Green Jobs Workforce Subcommittee”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 5/22/09 (amended 10/21/09)
Summary: Establishes the Green Jobs Workforce Subcommittee of the State Workforce Investment Board to conduct labor market data analysis, to provide job training and education programs, and to provide a local green jobs corps.

N.Y. A. 8810/S. 5886 – “Clean Water Jobs Bond Acts”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 6/10/09 (amended 3/4/10); 6/15/09 (amended 3/3/10)
Summary: Enacts the Clean Water/Clean Air/Green Jobs Bond Acts of 2009. Relates to the creation of green jobs through energy efficiency, including residential, municipal and state building weatherization and energy efficiency research and development projects.

N.Y. A. 8679 – “Solar Feed-In Tariff Pilot Program”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 6/3/09 (amended 4/26/10)
Summary: Establishes the solar feed-in tariff program to create green jobs for the state.

N.Y. S.B. 1636
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/11/09 (transferred to committee 3/24/10)
Summary: Provides small businesses with grants of up to $100,000 to commercialize energy and environmental technology innovations and ideas in-state to stimulate economic development.

N.Y. A. 3945
Status: Pending
Introduced: 11/29/09 (recalled from Senate 1/6/10)
Summary: Provides zero- and low-interest loans or loan interest rate reduction for energy improvement projects to stimulate the growth and development of small businesses and jobs.


North Carolina

H.B. 1050 – “Independent Energy Efficiency Administrator”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 4/6/09
Summary: Creates the “NC SAVE$ ENERGY” Fund as an independent energy efficiency administrator for the state to administer energy efficiency and energy conservation programs and programs to promote the sustainable use of energy. Funds are also to be used to create “green jobs” and to train the State’s workforce in the skills needed to become employed in new “green jobs.”

H.B. 1441 – “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 4/13/09
Summary: Requires the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to develop, maintain, and publish a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to a certain schedule and in a manner that promotes new “green” jobs and protects existing jobs and the State’s economic well being.

S.B. 1428 – “Green Jobs Investments”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 5/256/10
Summary: Increases investments in green jobs and technology; provides funds to modernize curricula in training programs in the North Carolina Community College System to promote training in green and renewable energy technologies and for alternative energy research.


Oklahoma

H.B. 1682 – “Schools”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/2/09 (amended 3/9/09)
Summary: Relates to schools; creates the Green Jobs Pilot Program Act directing the State Board of Career and Technology Education to establish and implement an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training pilot program.

H.B. 3017 – “Public Energy Programs”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/1/10
Summary: Creates and enacts the Green Jobs Incentives Act of 2010; creates and enacts the Oklahoma Green Energy Finance Program Act.


Pennsylvania

H.B. 1854 – “Green Economy Center”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 7/16/09
Summary: Establishes the Green Economy Center and the Green Jobs Fund.

H.B. 1862 – “Green Jobs Analysis”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 7/16/09
Summary: Provides for an Executive Director of Green Jobs Analysis, whose duties shall include: (1) to create and monitor an index of green jobs within the state; and (2) to coordinate with the Green Economy Center on monitoring green jobs.

H.B. 2291 – “Capital Budget for the Fiscal Year 2010-2011”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/15/10
Summary: Appropriates funds for the construction, redevelopment and other related costs for the Green Jobs Training Center.

H.B. 2242 – “Job Creation and Training Tax Credit”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/9/10 (amended 4/27/10)
Summary: Provides for a business tax credit for new jobs, including green jobs.

S.B. 21
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/20/09 (referred to committee 1/20/09)
Summary: Provides for green work force training to promote job training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.


Rhode Island

H.B. 5261 – “Green Jobs Task Force”
Status: Vetoed (11/10/09)
Summary: Creates the green jobs task force to advise and assist the Governor and the General Assembly regarding activities to advance the state economy and to develop a statewide action plan to optimize the growth of the green economy.

H.B. 7201/S.B. 2730 – “State Affairs and Government”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/26/10; 3/25/10
Summary: Establishes the Green Jobs-Green Rhode Island Program, the purpose of which is to create and promote green jobs in Rhode Island and also to promote energy efficient construction and home modification.

H.B. 7720 – “Public Property and Works”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/25/10
Summary: Provides that the Department of Labor shall establish a Green Jobs Advisory Council to advise the department on the creation and implementation of the Green Jobs Training Program.


South Carolina

H.B. 4127 – “Denmark Technical College”
Status: Enacted (6/16/09)
Summary: An initiative with Denmark Technical College and Palmetto Green, LLC, to recruit green jobs to make South Carolina a destination point for out-of-state businesses looking for future manufacturing and research sites.

H.B. 4283 – “State Energy Office”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/12/10
Summary: Establishes within the state energy office the Small Business and Green Jobs Micro Loan and Micro Grant Program – funds to be used to facilitate the transition of certain small businesses to a green economy.


Tennessee

H.B. 2142/S.B. 2140 – “Education Curriculum”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/26/09; 2/26/09
Summary: Requires the state board of education to develop a green jobs vocational and technical education program.

H.R. 36 – “General Assembly Statement of Intent or Position”
Status: Enacted (4/6/09)
Summary: A statement of intent/resolution urging the State of Tennessee to consider the many benefits of green job growth. “Green” jobs are defined as family-supporting jobs that contribute significantly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality.

S.B. 3120/H.B. 3654 – “Environmental Preservation”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/27/10; 1/28/10
Summary: Enacts the “Green Jobs Act,” including, but not limited to, the implementation of green jobs programs to train individuals to work in green industries and to ensure that appropriate support services are provided. Additionally, creates the “Green Jobs Fund.”

H.J.R. 758 – “Recognition Memorials”
Status: Enacted (2/4/10)
Summary: Recognizes Columbia Housing Authority’s HEAT (“Home Energy Auditor Training”) Program – a “green jobs” initiative.


Virginia

S.B. 143 – “Income Tax”
Status: Failed
Introduced: 1/13/10 (amended 2/11/10)
Summary: Provides an income tax credit to corporations for each “Renewable Energy Job” created and filed. The amount of the credit for each such job is $1,000 for each salary of $50,000 and more a year and may be taken for three years.

H.B. 803 – “Green Jobs Tax Credit”
Status: Enacted (4/13/10) (Ch. 727)
Summary: Allows an income tax credit for the creation of green jobs for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2010; provides that each taxpayer is allowed a credit for up to a specified number of new green jobs and may qualify for the Enterprise Zone Grant Program if the job is locate in an enterprise zone.

S.B. 623 – “Income Tax”
Status: Enacted (4/13/10) (Ch. 722)
Summary: Allows a $500 income tax credit for the creation of green jobs for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2010.

S.B. 1357
Status: Enacted (Ch. 730)
Summary: Expands the Clean Fuel Vehicle Job Creation Tax Credit to include jobs created associated with the production of cellulosic biofuels, the conversion of vehicles from traditional fuels to cellulosic biofuels, and the manufacture of components for vehicles that utilize cellulosic biofuels.


Washington

S.B. 5280 – “Conservation”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/19/09
Summary: Encourages qualifying utilities to invest more than that required by the Energy Independence Act of 2006 on conservation in order to create and sustain more green jobs at less cost to utility customers.

H.B. 1452/S.B. 5604 – “Economic Stimulus”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/20/09
Summary: Use of economic stimulus funds – investments include the creation of green jobs.

S.B. 5979/H.B. 2165 – “Forest Biomass Energy Demonstration Project”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/11/09
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to develop and implement forest biomass energy demonstration projects, for the purpose of generating new revenues or increasing asset values of state lands and state forest lands; protecting forest land of all ownerships from severe forest health problems; stimulate the state’s economy, create green jobs; and reduce the state’s dependence on foreign oil.

S.B. 5921 – “Clean Energy Collaborative”
Status: Enacted (5/4/09) (Ch. 318)
Summary: Require the Office of the Governor to convene a clean energy leadership council to prepare a strategy for growing the clean energy technology sector, including the creation of green jobs.

H.B. 2227 – “Evergreen Jobs Act”
Status: Chaptered (line item 5/18/09)
Summary: Establishes the Evergreen Jobs Initiative for the purpose of creating new green economy jobs.

H.B. 2420 – “Working Land Base”
Status: Enacted (3/24/10) (Ch. 187)
Summary: Requires the Employment Security Department to conduct an analysis of occupations in the forest products industry; require the Department of Commerce and the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board to identify barriers to the growth of green jobs in the traditional industries such as the forest products industry.


West Virginia

S. 184 – “West Virginia Energy Efficient Buildings Program”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 1/14/10
Summary: Creates the West Virginia Energy Efficient Buildings Program in order to more efficiently use the state’s natural resources; establish the state as a benchmark state for demand-side management efforts; and create further demand for “green” jobs and products within the state.

H.B. 4588 – “Job Promotion Evaluation”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 2/19/10
Summary: Creates the 2010 West Virginia Job Promotion, Evaluation and Reporting Act, to include predictions about where future job growth is likely to occur, including, but not limited to, the fields of health care, energy efficiency, and green jobs. Further, to determine the most effective manner in which to use leftover stimulus funds to encourage green jobs growth.

H.C.R. 134 – “Job Creation”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/13/10
Summary: Requests a study on the issues related to evaluation of job creation and retention incentives, penalties and reporting requirements. The study shall include predictions about where future job growth is likely to occur, including, but not limited to, the fields of health care, energy efficiency, and green jobs.

S.C.R. 73 – “Green Public Policy Initiatives”
Status: Pending
Introduced: 3/11/10
Summary: Requests that Joint Committee on Government and Finance study green public policy initiatives, noting that the creation of further demand for skilled trained green jobs and products is important to future economic development in the state; and that educational and training programs within the community college/vocational-technical system serve as the catalyst for the development of green jobs.


Wisconsin

S. 62 – “State Government”
Status: Enacted (2/19/09) (Ch. 2)
Summary: Increases funding for the training and retraining for green jobs in specific building trades.

 

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