2001 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare; Appropriations
By: Representative Clarke
House Bill 427
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE A TOUCH-TONE NATIONAL JOB SEARCH SYSTEM, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AMERICA'S JOBLINE NETWORK, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL JOB-SEARCH ASSISTANCE TO PERSONS WHO ARE DISABLED OR WHO RESIDE IN A COUNTY THAT DOES NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYMENT OFFICE; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT TO CONTRACT WITH CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN ESTABLISHING THE SYSTEM; TO AMEND SECTIONS 37-33-157 AND 71-5-125, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, IN CONFORMITY THERETO; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (a) The Department of Rehabilitation Services shall establish and operate a touch-tone telephone national job search system, in conjunction with the America's Jobline Network, in order to provide additional job-search assistance to those persons with a disability or who reside in a county that does not have an employment office.
(b) The department may contract with the National Federation of the Blind for financial assistance in establishing the system.
(c) The Mississippi Employment Security Commission shall supply the department with lists of available jobs.
SECTION 2. Section 37-33-157, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-33-157. The Department of Rehabilitation Services shall provide the rehabilitation services authorized by law and by the rules, regulations and policies of the board to every individual determined to be eligible therefor, and in carrying out the purposes of this chapter the department is authorized, when consistent with the rules, regulations and policies of the State Board of Rehabilitation Services:
(a) To expend funds received either by appropriation or directly from federal or private sources;
(b) To cooperate with other departments, agencies and institutions, both public and private, in providing the services authorized by this chapter to disabled individuals, in studying the problems involved therein, and in establishing, developing and providing in conformity with the purposes of this chapter, such programs, facilities and services as may be necessary or desirable;
(c) To enter into reciprocal agreements with other states to provide for the services authorized by this chapter to residents of the states concerned;
(d) To conduct research and compile statistics relating to the provision of services to or the need of services by disabled individuals;
(e) To enter into contractual arrangements with the federal government and with other authorized public agencies or persons for performance of services related to rehabilitation;
(f) To contract with schools, hospitals and other agencies, and with doctors, optometrists, nurses, technicians and other persons, for training, physical restoration, transportation and other rehabilitation services;
(g) To take such action as may be necessary to enable the department to apply for, accept and receive for the state and its residents the full benefits available under the federal Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and any amendments thereto, and under any other federal legislation or program having as its purpose the providing of, improvement or extension of, vocational rehabilitation services.
(h) To establish an Office on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to provide services and activities authorized under Section 37-33-171.
(i) To establish and operate a touch-tone telephone national job search system, in conjunction with the America's Jobline Network, in accordance with Section 1 of House Bill
No. , 2001 Regular Session.
SECTION 3. Section 71-5-125, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
71-5-125. The commission, with the advice and aid of its advisory councils, shall take all appropriate steps to reduce and prevent unemployment, including, but not limited to, supplying the Department of Rehabilitation Services with lists of available jobs as provided under Section 1 of House Bill No. , 2001 Regular Session; to encourage and assist in the adoption of practical methods of vocational training, retraining, and vocational guidance; to investigate, recommend, advise, and assist in the establishment and operation, by municipalities, counties, school districts, and the state, of reserves for public works to be used in times of business depression and unemployment; to promote the re-employment of unemployed workers throughout the state in every other way that may be feasible; and to these ends to carry on and publish the results of investigation and research studies.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2001.