INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb signed workforce development legislation Wednesday that he believes will help Indiana tackle its shortage of trained workers.
The two bills were a top priority for Holcomb and Republican lawmakers.
The measures will create a new 21-member board to oversee the state’s job training programs, while broadening eligibility requirements for some worker training grants.
However, Holcomb’s plan will require a waiver from the U.S. Department of Labor so the state can continue receiving $49 million in federal funding. The board Holcomb sought doesn’t meet federal requirements.
Holcomb said his administration has been in communication with the Labor Department and will request that waiver by the end of this week.
Democrats maintain the workforce bills don’t actually do much. They compared the effort to rearranging deck furniture.
Holcomb also signed a bill that allows for the widespread sale of a cannabis-derived oil.
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is derived from marijuana and hemp and is believed to have therapeutic benefits, but it lacks the stuff that will get you high.
Holcomb said “Indiana lawmakers delivered a bill that ensures Hoosiers who benefit from CBD oil can access it.” He said the bill provides much needed clarity, with labeling requirements and limiting to 0.3 percent the amount of cannabis’ psychoactive ingredient in CBD products.
Last year lawmakers passed a similar law allowing people with some types of epilepsy to use CBD oil, but confusion over the law led to a state crackdown.