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I. MISSION AND GOALS
To guide a nationally recognized workforce development system that is aligned with the economic and educational goals of the State of Maryland and that will result in a qualified workforce available to Maryland's employers.
- A workforce development system that produces the best educated and most highly skilled workforce in the
- Provide job seekers, incumbent workers, students, out-of-school youth, and employers' access to the labor
market, training information and other assistance they need.
- Develop a governance system focused on unified planning, continuous improvement, and accountability for
- Achieve national recognition of Maryland's success in creating an effective workforce development system.
- The Board will carry out its mission and goals by making policy, legislative, and budgetary recommendations
to the Governor, the General Assembly, and State and local agencies, as appropriate; develop policies designed
to build an effective workforce; build strategic partnerships between business, government, education, and
other organizations; and review and evaluate Federal, State, and local workforce programs in Maryland. Such
programs include but are not limited to those workforce programs under the operational jurisdiction of the
following partner agencies:
- Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
- Department of Business and Economic Development
- Department of Human Resources
- Maryland Department of Aging
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
- Department of Juvenile Services
- Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
- The Department of Disabilities
The Governor may designate programs under the operational jurisdiction of non-member agencies for review by the
II. MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING
- All Board members are voting members and may not delegate their membership responsibilities to other persons.
- Only Board members may vote at meetings of the Board or otherwise participate in the decision-making of the
Board. A Board member may send a delegate to attend the meeting as an observer, but that delegate is not to
participate unless specifically requested by the Chair.
- A simple majority of Board members attending a meeting shall be sufficient to carry a motion, provided a
quorum is present (see Article IV).
- Any Board member who does not attend two (2) of the four (4) quarterly Board meetings (within one calendar
year) shall be subject to a membership review by the Executive Committee, at which time the Executive Committee
may choose to recommend to the Governor that membership privileges be revoked.
- No matter brought before the Board which either (1) would have a significant effect on any State or local
agency or program, or (2) would require the expenditure of funds for a specific purpose, shall be voted upon by
the full Board unless (1) such item has been previously reviewed by an appropriate committee or task force of
the Board; and (2) such committee or task force has presented a recommendation on the matter to the Board.
- All Board members must agree to serve on one standing Task Force or Committee of the Board, unless a member
forwards a written request to the Board Chair asking to be excused, and the Board Chair waives the member's
obligation in writing.
- Any new Board member must agree to receive electronic communications and materials from Board staff prior
to meetings. Original copies will continue to be provided at the meetings.
- Number: There shall be two officers of the Board: a Chair and a Vice-Chair
- Appointments and Terms:
- The Chair shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
- The Vice-Chair shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Chair.
- Duties of Officers
- The Board Chair shall:
- Preside at meetings of the Board;
- Serve as the Chair of the Executive Committee;
- Make committee and task force appointments;
- Designate committee and task force chairs;
- Refer matters to the appropriate committee or task force for consideration; and
- Create such additional task forces and/or committees, as the Chair deems necessary.
- The Board Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair, and shall serve as
Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee as well.
IV. THE QUORUM
A quorum for voting purposes shall be a majority of the members of the Board.
V. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- The Executive Committee
- Shall be a permanent standing committee.
- Shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and other Board members, as the Chair deems appropriate.
- Shall not exceed eleven (11) members. The Executive Committee shall include three (3) Cabinet Secretaries
from state partner agencies. It shall be the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretaries on the Executive
Committee to solicit and represent the views of their peers.
- Shall follow all the membership and voting By-Laws as outlined in Section II.
- Shall also:
- Act for the Board when it is not meeting;
- Review and approve the Board's budget, personnel actions, and other administrative actions as it deems
- Act upon special requests of the Chair;
- Review all program plans, reports, and other documents, which the Board must, by law, review and act upon.
This review by the Executive Committee should occur before the full Board meeting at which such items will be
reviewed by the full Board. The Executive Committee will make recommendations on such items to the full Board.
- The term "Committee" also refers to Task Forces, Councils, and other formal sub-groups established by the
- The Chair shall establish Committees as appropriate to address major issues of concern to the Board.
- The Chair shall appoint Board members to serve as chairpersons of such Committees.
- The Chair shall appoint Board members to serve on the Committees. In making such appointments the Chair
shall solicit the wishes of Board members and follow them to the extent possible.
- The Board Chair may appoint individuals who are not Board members to serve as additional members of
- Each Committee shall remain in existence as long as necessary to fully address the issues with which it has
- Each Committee shall operate under an official Charter approved by its Chair and the Board Chair. Committee
Charters shall include:
- Purpose and Scope
- Reporting and Relationships
- Authority and Implementation
- When a Committee has fully discharged its responsibilities, it will recommend its dissolution to the
Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will act upon such recommendation at the next meeting after
such recommendation is made.
- Charters for a Committee will remain
active for no more than two years, unless otherwise amended. Upon
expiration of its Charter, the purpose of a Committee shall be
reviewed by the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee wishes
the Committee to continue, its Charter must be revised or adopted anew.
VI. AMENDING BOARD BY-LAWS
These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any scheduled meeting of the
Board, a quorum being present, provided that the members of the Board have been informed in writing of the
proposed changes at least 30 days prior to the date of the meeting at which the proposed changes are to be
Revised (June 22, 2011)