States Pass Data Legislation in First Quarter of 2017

Jenna Leventoff
March 20, 2017

The first half of 2017 has been a good one for workforce data. Three states recently passed bills that will codify existing practices or increase data sharing and use. 

  • Maryland recently enacted MD HB 680. This bill extends the amount of time that the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center can use student and workforce data. The new law increases the time to 20 years, thus enabling long-term longitudinal analysis.
  • North Dakota passed SB 2104 which codifies existing practice by allowing the state’s information technology department to disclose unemployment insurance data for approved research studies pursuant to a memorandum of understanding.
  • Virginia recently passed VA HB 1664, which moves administration of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) to the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV). The bill also allows SCHEV to work with federal agencies to get wage information for Virginia's sizeable federal workforce, and reauthorizes language set to expire requiring SCHEV to publish reports on post-completion wage and debt outcomes. You can read more about the bill here.
  • Wyoming passed HB 0209, which requires the Department of Workforce services to update and expand upon a 2003 report about wage disparities between men and women in Wyoming. The new report will include (1) if and where disparities exist; (2) the causes of any disparities; (3) the impacts of any disparities on Wyoming’s economy; (4) possible solutions to any disparities; and (5) the costs and benefits of eliminating or reducing any disparities.

WDQC is pleased to see so many states making strides towards better workforce data though legislation. We will continue to identify and publicize these instances. If your state has recently passed workforce data legislation, please let us know.