The director of job and family services shall maintain or ensure the existence of public employment offices that are free to the general public. These offices shall exist in such number and in such places as are necessary for the proper administration of this chapter, to perform such duties as are within the purview of the act of congress entitled "an act to provide for the establishment of a national employment system and for cooperation with the states in the promotion of such system, and for other purposes," approved June 6, 1933, as amended, which is known as the "Wagner-Peyser Act." The director shall cooperate with any official or agency of the United States having powers or duties under that act of congress and shall do and perform all things necessary to secure to this state the benefits of that act of congress in the promotion and maintenance of a system of public employment offices. That act of congress is hereby accepted by this state, in conformity with that act of congress and Title III of the "Social Security Act," and the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 26 U.S.C.A. 3301, as amended, and this state will observe and comply with the requirements thereof. The department of job and family services is hereby designated and constituted the agency of this state for the purposes of that act of congress.
The director may cooperate with or enter into agreements with the railroad retirement board with respect to the establishment, maintenance, and use of employment service facilities that are free to the general public.
All moneys received by this state under the act of congress known as the Wagner-Peyser Act shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the special employment service account in the federal operating fund, which is hereby created. Those moneys are hereby made available to the director to be expended as provided by this section and by that act of congress. For the purpose of establishing and maintaining public employment offices that are free to the general public, the director may enter into agreements with the railroad retirement board or any other agency of the United States charged with the administration of an unemployment compensation law, with any political subdivision of this state, or with any private, nonprofit organization and as a part of any such agreement the director may accept moneys, services, or quarters as a contribution to the employment service account.
The director shall maintain labor market information and employment statistics as necessary for the administration of this chapter.
The director shall appoint an employee of the department to serve as an ex officio member of the governor's council to maintain a liaison between the department and the governor's council on people with disabilities.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003