An Act To Promote a Qualified Logging Workforce and Ensure an Adequate Wood Supply for Maine Mills
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §872, as amended by PL 2009, c. 637, §§3 to 9, is further amended to read:
§ 872. Proof of equipment ownership for employers using foreign laborers
In the event of a violation of the provisions of this section, the Attorney General may institute injunction proceedings in the Superior Court to enjoin further violation of this section.
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §873, as corrected by RR 2009, c. 2, §§73 and 74, is amended to read:
§ 873. Recruitment of qualified workers for logging occupations
(1) Notify the Maine Department of Labor and the applicant that the applicant lacks sufficient qualifications or satisfactory references for the position sought and state the reasons for that determination; or
(2) Refer the applicant to a logging employer seeking workers in that job classification. To the extent practicable, the clearinghouse shall refer the applicant to the applicant's preferred geographic area of employment. Referral may be made to any employer with relevant job openings, regardless of whether the employer is seeking bond workers, if the applicant prefers such a referral.
Sec. 3. 26 MRSA §874, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 637, §11, is repealed.
Sec. 4. Logging Industry Advisory Group. The Department of Labor shall convene and facilitate the Logging Industry Advisory Group to address recruitment, training and educational opportunities for the logging industry. The group shall address recruitment and the matching of qualified applicants, classroom training, on-the-job training, inventory of potential training partners, opportunities for potential training locations and funding sources. The group shall report its findings and recommendations to the department. The department shall report the group's findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development no later than October 1, 2012.
1. Membership. The Logging Industry Advisory Group consists of the following members:
In addition, a representative of the Maine Logger Education Alliance, a representative of a large logging employer and a representative of a small logging employer serve at the invitation of the Governor. The president of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine is invited to appoint a representative to serve on the group.
Sec. 5. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, chapter 7, subchapter 9, in the subchapter headnote, the words "aliens" are amended to read "foreign laborers; logging" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.