Amended in Assembly March 16, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 80


Introduced by Assemblybegin delete Member Camposend deletebegin insert Members Campos and Alejoend insert

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 statebegin delete government, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediatelyend deletebegin insert governmentend insert.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 80, as amended, 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.

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

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Vote: begin delete23 end deletebegin insertmajorityend insert. 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.

P3    1(d) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force noted that significant
2diversity exists within and among boys and men of color as a
3segment of the population. Differences of language status, income,
4disability, sexual orientation, and many other factors influence the
5identity and experience of these young people, just as with any
6other population.

7(e) My Brother’s Keeper is focused on the following milestones:
8(1) getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn; (2)
9reading at grade level by third grade; (3) graduating from high
10school ready for college and career; (4) successfully entering the
11workforce; and (5) keeping kids on track and giving them second
12chances.

13(f) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President
14(May 2014) cites numerous areas in which boys and men of color
15consistently experience disproportionately negative outcomes.
16These areas include living in poverty, living without a male parent
17in the household, high school dropout rates, unemployment, death
18by homicide, and imprisonment.

19(g) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force has identified initial
20recommendations and areas of opportunity at each of these key
21milestones or “focus areas.” The task force has also identified
22several cross-cutting areas of opportunity that span all focus areas.

23(h) The recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task
24Force Report to the President inform and influence California
25 policy and California’s compliance with those recommendations
26makes the state more competitive for federal funding and
27strengthens its economic competitiveness.

28(i) Our state’s future prosperity and health depend on all
29Californians having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. One of
30the best investments we can make is to be certain we do everything
31possible to help young people become healthy, productive adults.
32As California becomes more diverse, we must nurture and harness
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34and young men in particular.

35(j) The Department of Finance projects California’s population
36of boys and men of color will increasingly represent a growing
37percentage of the state's male population, reaching close to 80
38percent for boys and men of color compared to 20 percent for
39non-Hispanic white males by 2050.

P4    1(k) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
2Men of Color in California has recognized that boys and young
3men of color are in jeopardy, and this poses a serious threat to
4California’s economic strength and competitiveness.

5(l) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
6Men of Color’s policy framework emphasizes the following issues:
7(1) health and safety; (2) education; (3) juvenile justice; (4)
8employment and wealth; and (5) youth development. Related issues
9that have been recommended for expansion of the committee’s
10work include higher education, immigration, and housing.

11(m) Community and youth leaders from across the state have
12taken a significant interest in partnering with government and
13systems leaders through the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
14in order to improve the health and success of our state’s young
15people of color.

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SEC. 2.  

Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 8265) is added
17to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

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19Chapter  3.4. Interagency Task Force on the Status of
20Boys and Men of Color
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8265.  

(a) (1) There is in state government the Interagency
23Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, which shall
24serve as a support mechanism for department, agency, and systems
25leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad
26challenges facing boys and men of color, and assisting the
27respective departments and agencies in more successfully
28improving life outcomes for this population.

29(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the task force include
30participation from a core set of department, agency, and systems
31leaders with discretion and responsibility for policy areas of
32primary importance to the fulfillment of the Final Report and Policy
33Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
34 Committee on the Status of Boys and Men in California.

35(b) The task force shall be comprised of the followingbegin delete 21end deletebegin insert 20end insert
36 members:

37(1) One Member of the Senate, appointed by the President pro
38Tempore of the Senate, and one Member of the Assembly,
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to the extent that participation is not incompatible
2with their position as Members of the Legislature.

3(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, or his or her
4designee.

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5(3) The Secretary for Education, or his or her designee.

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6(4)

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7begin insert(3)end insert The President of the University of California, or his or her
8designee.

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9(5)

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10begin insert(4)end insert The Chancellor of the California State University, or his or
11her designee.

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12(6)

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13begin insert(5)end insert The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, or
14his or her designee.

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15(7)

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16begin insert(6)end insert The Secretary of California Health and Human Services, or
17his or her designee.

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18(8)

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19begin insert(7)end insert The State Public Health Officer, or his or her designee.

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20(9)

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21begin insert(8)end insert The Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity, or his
22or her designee.

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23(10)

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24begin insert(9)end insert The Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing,
25or his or her designee.

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26(11)

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27begin insert(10)end insert The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, or
28his or her designee.

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29(12)

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30begin insert(11)end insert The Director of Employment Development, or his or her
31 designee.

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32(13)

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33begin insert(12)end insert The Executive Director of the California Workforce
34Investment Board, or his or her designee.

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35(14)

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36begin insert(13)end insert The Chair of the California Workforce Investment Board,
37or his or her designee.

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38(15)

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39begin insert(14)end insert The Secretary of Transportation, or his or her designee.

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40(16)

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P6    1begin insert(15)end insert The Director of Finance, or his or her designee.

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3begin insert(16)end insert The Attorney General, or his or her designee.

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5begin insert(17)end insert The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
6Rehabilitation, or his or her designee.

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8begin insert(18)end insert The Chair of the Board of State and Community
9Corrections, or his or her designee.

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11begin insert(19)end insert The Chief Justice of California, or his or her designee.

12(c) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as
13chair of the task force. Desirable qualifications for the position of
14chair shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

15(1) He or she should possess a broad and deep understanding
16of the issues facing boys and men of color.

17(2) He or she should be a political appointee with a senior
18leadership role either leading a department or agency or managing
19a significant and pertinent body of work.

20(3) He or she should have a demonstrated strong and positive
21working relationship with the members of the Legislature and the
22Governor.

23(d) All members of the task force shall hold office until the
24appointment of their successors.

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8266.  

Meetings of the task force shall be subject to the
26Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act (Article 9 (commencing with
27Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3).

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8267.  

The task force shall have the powers and authority
29necessary to carry out the duties imposed upon it by this chapter,
30including, but not limited to, all of the following:

31(a) To employ any administrative, technical, or other personnel
32necessary for the performance of its powers and duties.

33(b) To hold hearings, make and sign any agreements, and to do
34or perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable, or proper to
35carry out the purposes of this chapter.

36(c) To cooperate with, and secure the cooperation of, any
37department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other agency
38of the state to facilitate the task force properly to carry out its
39powers and duties.

P7    1(d) To appoint advisers or advisory committees from time to
2time when the task force determines that the experience or expertise
3of the advisers or advisory committees is needed for projects of
4the task force. Section 11009 shall apply to these advisers or
5advisory committees.

6(e) To accept any federal funds granted, by act of Congress or
7by executive order, for all or any of the purposes of this chapter.

8(f) To accept any gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or
9any of the purposes of this chapter.

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8268.  

(a) Within six months after the effective date of this
11chapter, the task force shall complete all of the following
12requirements:

13(1) Assess existing department and agency programs that align
14with the priorities outlined in the May 2014 My Brother’s Keeper
15Task Force Report to the President. Based on this assessment, the
16task force shall identify state opportunities to partner and
17coordinate with the work of the federal My Brother’s Keeper Task
18Force.

19(2) Assess the Governor’s Budget to identify those areas in
20which the budget priorities are in alignment with the objectives of
21the task force.

22(3) Review the action plan of the Final Report and Policy
23Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
24Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California,
25and identify ambitious state goals for boys and men of color, as
26well as barriers to achieving desired results.

27(b) Upon completion of the requirements in subdivision (a), the
28long-term, ongoing responsibilities of the task force shall include
29all of the following:

30(1) Assessing state policies, regulations, and programs with
31respect to boys and men of color, and the development of proven
32and promising strategies to enhance positive outcomes and
33eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes.

34(2) Preparing population and agency-specific data on boys and
35men of color in California. The task force shall aggregate the data
36and make it publicly available in a manner that does not reveal
37personally identifiable information or otherwise conflict with
38federal or state privacy laws.

39(3) Serving as a liaison to departments and agencies by ensuring
40engagement and partnership with other public, nonprofit, and
P8    1philanthropic entities among the various member agencies and
2with the task force as a whole, and recommend ways to strengthen
3partnerships with external leaders advancing strategies relevant to
4boys and men of color.

5(c) The first meeting of the task force shall be convened on or
6before January 31, 2016. Subsequently, the task force shall convene
7on no less than a quarterly basis to assess progress on its ongoing
8responsibilities pursuant to subdivision (b), and to provide support
9and ensure coordination across agencies.

10(d) (1) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the task force shall
11prepare and submit to the Legislature an annual report on
12department and agency findings pursuant to this section. The task
13force shall also report these findings at the Assembly Select
14Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California’s
15annual hearing on the status of advancing the committee priorities
16and policies.

17(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be
18submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

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8269.  

With respect to its duties under Section 8268, the task
20force shall be an advisory body only, and there shall be no right
21or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and
22conferring, to implement the findings of the task force without
23further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations,
24determinations, 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
26created as a fund in the State Treasury to carry out this chapter in
27support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
28Subject to the approval of the Department of Finance, all moneys
29collected or received by the task force from gifts, bequests, or
30donations shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of
31the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund in accordance with
32the terms of the gift or donation from which the moneys are derived
33and in accordance with Sections 8647, 11005, 11005.1, and 16302
34of the Government Code.

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SEC. 3.  

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the
36immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within
37the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into
38immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

39In order to act quickly to address the challenges facing boys and
40young men of color by breaking down barriers wherever they exist
P9    1in state agencies, and to identify means of creating ladders of
2opportunity for all, it is necessary for this act to take effect
3immediately.

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