Legislation To Promote Clean Energy Jobs Advances
SANTA FE ― Thursday, the House Labor, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee advanced a measure to promote clean energy jobs.
House Bill 547, sponsored by Reps. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), creates a plan to leverage our resources to create new, good-paying jobs and grow the economy.
House Bill 547 calls on the Department of Workforce Solutions to prepare a report that will examine the opportunities for and barriers to a transition to a clean energy economy and to specifically assess the impact on low-income and rural communities. The report would provide recommendations on increased education, career and technical education, job training, and workforce development resources to help both industries and workers transition to a clean energy economy.
“As we move towards a renewable energy economy, we must ensure that working families aren’t left behind and that we create new jobs with low-income and rural communities in mind. This legislation ensures a smooth transition to clean energy and creates a strategic plan to invest in job training, education, and economic development,” Rep. Javier Martinez said.
House Bill 547 now heads to the House Appropriations & Finance Committee for further consideration.