Workforce One and Workforce Alliance, workforce boards in Broward and Palm Beach counties, could lose local control, if proposed state legislation continues to gain steam. Florida's latest legislative session kicked off on Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Scott and several state lawmakers are seeking more state oversight over Florida's 24 regional workforce boards. The push follows state and federal investigations into some local board members receiving lucrative contracts with the agencies.
The investigation initially focused on Orlando's Workforce Central, whose top executives were forced out by Gov. Scott after the job development agency gave contracts to insiders and misspent public funds.
Both Workforce One and Workforce Alliance have denied any wrongdoing, saying any board member contracts were lawful. But one former board member, Linda Quick, president of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, resigned to retain the association's contract with Broward's employment agency.
The Sun Sentinel is seeking comment from the local workforce boards on the proposed legislation.
House Bill 7023 would require board members and directors to file financial disclosures. Board chair and director appointments also would require the governor's approval, the number of members would be further limited and the boards would need to send annual budgets to the state for review.
Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, is leading the House proposal, which passed early committee approval. A similar Senate Bill, 1398, has been proposed by Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey.Copyright © 2015, CT Now