State Representatives Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Twp.) and Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) today offered sponsor testimony before the House Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee in support of House Bill 1.

H.B. 1 rebrands all of the state’s patchwork of workforce centers (also known as One-Stops) as “Ohio Means Jobs ___ County” to ensure consistency, reduce public confusion, and connect these centers directly to

“Workforce development is the most important subject in improving Ohio’s economy,” said Rep. Derickson. “By its very nature, workforce development tackles the issue of getting our unemployed and underemployed workers back to work in the jobs that they are best suited and best equipped to handle. House Bill 1 is the next step in Ohio’s plan for economic recovery—putting our workers back in jobs they desire and are skilled to perform.”

“Because we know how effective OhioMeansJobs has been, it is important to unify these systems so that everyone gets a similar consistent experience,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “By having a single point of entry, we will ensure that those who need it will have equal consistent access to a system with proven success.”

H.B. 1 requires all workforce investment boards to use as the only job-matching tool by July 2013 to streamline job matching services, reduce duplication, and maximize this increasingly important benefit to Ohioans. The bill also would provide flexibility to the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board as it relates to specifying the number of voting members needed to conduct business.

Having received testimony from the bill’s sponsors, H.B. 1 will now receive proponent and opponent testimony from members of the public before receiving votes in committee and on the House floor.

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