California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 80


Introduced by Assembly Member Campos

January 5, 2015


An act to add Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 8265) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 80, as introduced, Campos. Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.

The California Constitution prohibits a person from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or from being denied equal protection of the laws. The United States Constitution prohibits a state from denying to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Existing law establishes various advisory boards and commissions in state government with specified duties and responsibilities.

The federal My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, launched by the President in February 2014, required the establishment of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency effort to improve the expected educational and life outcomes for and address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color in the United States.

This bill would create the Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, a multiagency advisory body that would serve as a support mechanism for department agency and systems leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad of challenges facing boys and men of color in California, and assisting the respective departments and agencies in more successfully improving life outcomes for this population. The membership of the task force would include members of the Legislature, as well as representatives of specified agencies, departments, and private entities. The bill would set forth the initial and ongoing responsibilities of the task force, including, among others, an assessment of state program alignment with the objectives of the My Brother’s Keeper program and the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, and the development of strategies to enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes for boys and men of color in the state. This bill would establish the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund, to carry out the bill’s requirements in support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would authorize the task force to accept federal funds, gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or any of its purposes.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares as follows:

2(a) On February 27, 2014, the President of the United States
3launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent
4opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to
5ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

6(b) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force recognizes that
7challenges facing boys and young men of color affect others as
8well and that it is important to break down barriers wherever they
9exist and identify means of creating ladders of opportunity for all.

10(c) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force was established to
11develop a coordinated federal effort to significantly improve the
12expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color, including
13Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans,
14and to improve their contributions to the nation’s prosperity, so
15that all youth have an equal opportunity at the American dream.

16(d) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force noted that significant
17diversity exists within and among boys and men of color as a
18segment of the population. Differences of language status, income,
P3    1disability, sexual orientation, and many other factors influence the
2identity and experience of these young people, just as with any
3other population.

4(e) My Brother’s Keeper is focused on the following milestones:
5(1) getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn; (2)
6reading at grade level by third grade; (3) graduating from high
7school ready for college and career; (4) successfully entering the
8workforce; and (5) keeping kids on track and giving them second
9chances.

10(f) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President
11(May 2014) cites numerous areas in which boys and men of color
12consistently experience disproportionately negative outcomes.
13These areas include living in poverty, living without a male parent
14in the household, high school dropout rates, unemployment, death
15by homicide, and imprisonment.

16(g) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force has identified initial
17recommendations and areas of opportunity at each of these key
18milestones or “focus areas.” The task force has also identified
19several cross-cutting areas of opportunity that span all focus areas.

20(h) The recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task
21Force Report to the President inform and influence California
22 policy and California’s compliance with those recommendations
23makes the state more competitive for federal funding and
24strengthens its economic competitiveness.

25(i) Our state’s future prosperity and health depend on all
26Californians having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. One of
27the best investments we can make is to be certain we do everything
28possible to help young people become healthy, productive adults.
29As California becomes more diverse, we must nurture and harness
30the talents, skills, and hopes of young people of color -- boys and
31young men in particular.

32(j) The Department of Finance projects California’s population
33of boys and men of color will increasingly represent a growing
34percentage of the state's male population, reaching close to 80
35percent for boys and men of color compared to 20 percent for
36non-Hispanic white males by 2050.

37(k) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
38Men of Color in California has recognized that boys and young
39men of color are in jeopardy, and this poses a serious threat to
40California’s economic strength and competitiveness.

P4    1(l) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
2Men of Color’s policy framework emphasizes the following issues:
3(1) health and safety; (2) education; (3) juvenile justice; (4)
4employment and wealth; and (5) youth development. Related issues
5that have been recommended for expansion of the committee’s
6work include higher education, immigration, and housing.

7(m) Community and youth leaders from across the state have
8taken a significant interest in partnering with government and
9systems leaders through the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
10in order to improve the health and success of our state’s young
11people of color.

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SEC. 2.  

Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 8265) is added
13to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

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15Chapter  3.4. Interagency Task Force on the Status of
16Boys and Men of Color
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8265.  

(a) (1) There is in state government the Interagency
19Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, which shall
20serve as a support mechanism for department, agency, and systems
21leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad
22challenges facing boys and men of color, and assisting the
23respective departments and agencies in more successfully
24improving life outcomes for this population.

25(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the task force include
26participation from a core set of department, agency, and systems
27leaders with discretion and responsibility for policy areas of
28primary importance to the fulfillment of the Final Report and Policy
29Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
30 Committee on the Status of Boys and Men in California.

31(b) The task force shall be comprised of the following 21
32members:

33(1) One Member of the Senate, appointed by the President pro
34Tempore of the Senate, and one Member of the Assembly,
35appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, to the extent that
36participation is not incompatible with their position as Members
37of the Legislature.

38(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, or his or her
39designee.

40(3) The Secretary for Education, or his or her designee.

P5    1(4) The President of the University of California, or his or her
2designee.

3(5) The Chancellor of the California State University, or his or
4her designee.

5(6) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, or
6his or her designee.

7(7) The Secretary of California Health and Human Services, or
8his or her designee.

9(8) The State Public Health Officer, or his or her designee.

10(9) The Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity, or his
11or her designee.

12(10) The Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and
13Housing, or his or her designee.

14(11) The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, or
15his or her designee.

16(12) The Director of Employment Development, or his or her
17 designee.

18(13) The Executive Director of the California Workforce
19Investment Board, or his or her designee.

20(14) The Chair of the California Workforce Investment Board,
21or his or her designee.

22(15) The Secretary of Transportation, or his or her designee.

23(16) The Director of Finance, or his or her designee.

24(17) The Attorney General, or his or her designee.

25(18) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
26Rehabilitation, or his or her designee.

27(19) The Chair of the Board of State and Community
28Corrections, or his or her designee.

29(20) The Chief Justice of California, or his or her designee.

30(c) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as
31chair of the task force. Desirable qualifications for the position of
32chair shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

33(1) He or she should possess a broad and deep understanding
34of the issues facing boys and men of color.

35(2) He or she should be a political appointee with a senior
36leadership role either leading a department or agency or managing
37a significant and pertinent body of work.

38(3) He or she should have a demonstrated strong and positive
39working relationship with the members of the Legislature and the
40Governor.

P6    1(d) All members of the task force shall hold office until the
2appointment of their successors.

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8266.  

Meetings of the task force shall be subject to the
4Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act (Article 9 (commencing with
5Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3).

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8267.  

The task force shall have the powers and authority
7necessary to carry out the duties imposed upon it by this chapter,
8including, but not limited to, all of the following:

9(a) To employ any administrative, technical, or other personnel
10necessary for the performance of its powers and duties.

11(b) To hold hearings, make and sign any agreements, and to do
12or perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable, or proper to
13carry out the purposes of this chapter.

14(c) To cooperate with, and secure the cooperation of, any
15department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other agency
16of the state to facilitate the task force properly to carry out its
17powers and duties.

18(d) To appoint advisers or advisory committees from time to
19time when the task force determines that the experience or expertise
20of the advisers or advisory committees is needed for projects of
21the task force. Section 11009 shall apply to these advisers or
22advisory committees.

23(e) To accept any federal funds granted, by act of Congress or
24by executive order, for all or any of the purposes of this chapter.

25(f) To accept any gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or
26any of the purposes of this chapter.

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8268.  

(a) Within six months after the effective date of this
28chapter, the task force shall complete all of the following
29requirements:

30(1) Assess existing department and agency programs that align
31with the priorities outlined in the May 2014 My Brother’s Keeper
32Task Force Report to the President. Based on this assessment, the
33task force shall identify state opportunities to partner and
34coordinate with the work of the federal My Brother’s Keeper Task
35Force.

36(2) Assess the Governor’s Budget to identify those areas in
37which the budget priorities are in alignment with the objectives of
38the task force.

39(3) Review the action plan of the Final Report and Policy
40Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
P7    1Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California,
2and identify ambitious state goals for boys and men of color, as
3well as barriers to achieving desired results.

4(b) Upon completion of the requirements in subdivision (a), the
5long-term, ongoing responsibilities of the task force shall include
6all of the following:

7(1) Assessing state policies, regulations, and programs with
8respect to boys and men of color, and the development of proven
9and promising strategies to enhance positive outcomes and
10eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes.

11(2) Preparing population and agency-specific data on boys and
12men of color in California. The task force shall aggregate the data
13and make it publicly available in a manner that does not reveal
14personally identifiable information or otherwise conflict with
15federal or state privacy laws.

16(3) Serving as a liaison to departments and agencies by ensuring
17engagement and partnership with other public, nonprofit, and
18philanthropic entities among the various member agencies and
19with the task force as a whole, and recommend ways to strengthen
20partnerships with external leaders advancing strategies relevant to
21boys and men of color.

22(c) The first meeting of the task force shall be convened on or
23before January 31, 2016. Subsequently, the task force shall convene
24on no less than a quarterly basis to assess progress on its ongoing
25responsibilities pursuant to subdivision (b), and to provide support
26and ensure coordination across agencies.

27(d) (1) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the task force shall
28prepare and submit to the Legislature an annual report on
29department and agency findings pursuant to this section. The task
30force shall also report these findings at the Assembly Select
31Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California’s
32annual hearing on the status of advancing the committee priorities
33and policies.

34(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be
35submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

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8269.  

With respect to its duties under Section 8268, the task
37force shall be an advisory body only, and there shall be no right
38or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and
39conferring, to implement the findings of the task force without
P8    1further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations,
2determinations, and findings of the task force be implemented.

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8269.5  

The Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund is hereby
4created as a fund in the State Treasury to carry out this chapter in
5support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
6Subject to the approval of the Department of Finance, all moneys
7collected or received by the task force from gifts, bequests, or
8donations shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of
9the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund in accordance with
10the terms of the gift or donation from which the moneys are derived
11and in accordance with Sections 8647, 11005, 11005.1, and 16302
12of the Government Code.

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SEC. 3.  

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the
14immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within
15the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into
16immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

17In order to act quickly to address the challenges facing boys and
18young men of color by breaking down barriers wherever they exist
19in state agencies, and to identify means of creating ladders of
20opportunity for all, it is necessary for this act to take effect
21immediately.



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