Amended in Assembly June 2, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 16, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 80


Introduced by Assembly Membersbegin delete Campos and Alejoend deletebegin insert Campos, Alejo, Bonta, Jones-Sawyer, and Williamsend insert

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(Coauthor: Assembly Member Cristina Garcia)

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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.

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.

Vote: majority. 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 andbegin insert toend insert identify means of creating ladders of opportunity for
10all.

11(c) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force was established to
12develop a coordinated federal effort to significantly improve the
13expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color, including
14Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans,
P3    1and to improve their contributions to the nation’s prosperity, so
2that all youth have an equal opportunity at the American dream.

3(d) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force noted that significant
4diversity exists within and among boys and men of color as a
5segment of the population. Differences of language status, income,
6disability, sexual orientation, and many other factors influence the
7identity and experience of these young people, just as with any
8other population.

9(e) My Brother’s Keeper is focused on the following milestones:
10(1) getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn; (2)
11reading at grade level by third grade; (3) graduating from high
12school ready for college and career; (4) successfully entering the
13workforce; and (5) keeping kids on track and giving them second
14chances.

15(f) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President
16(May 2014) cites numerous areas in which boys and men of color
17consistently experience disproportionately negative outcomes.
18These areas include living in poverty, living without a male parent
19in the household, high school dropout rates, unemployment, death
20by homicide, and imprisonment.

21(g) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force has identified initial
22recommendations and areas of opportunity at each of these key
23milestones or “focus areas.” The task force has also identified
24several cross-cutting areas of opportunity that span all focus areas.

25(h) The recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task
26Force Report to the President inform and influence California
27 policy and California’s compliance with those recommendations
28makes the state more competitive for federal funding and
29strengthens its economic competitiveness.

30(i) Our state’s future prosperity and health depend on all
31Californians having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. One of
32the best investments we can make is to be certain we do everything
33possible to help young people become healthy, productive adults.
34As California becomes more diverse, we must nurture and harness
35the talents, skills, and hopes of young people of color -- boys and
36young men in particular.

37(j) The Department of Finance projects California’s population
38of boys and men of color will increasingly represent a growing
39percentage of the state's male population, reaching close to 80
P4    1percent for boys and men of color compared to 20 percent for
2non-Hispanic white males by 2050.

3(k) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
4Men of Color in California has recognized that boys and young
5men of color are in jeopardy, and this poses a serious threat to
6California’s economic strength and competitiveness.

7(l) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
8Men of Color’s policy framework emphasizes the following issues:
9(1) health and safety; (2) education; (3) juvenile justice; (4)
10employment and wealth; and (5) youth development. Related issues
11that have been recommended for expansion of the committee’s
12work include higher education, immigration, and housing.

13(m) Community and youth leaders from across the state have
14taken a significant interest in partnering with government and
15systems leaders through the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
16in order to improve the health and success of our state’s young
17people of color.

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SEC. 2.  

Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 8265) is added
19to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

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21Chapter  3.4. Interagency Task Force on the Status of
22Boys and Men of Color
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8265.  

(a) (1) There is in state government the Interagency
25Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, which shall
26serve as a support mechanism for department, agency, and systems
27leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad
28challenges facing boys and men of color, and assisting the
29respective departments and agencies in more successfully
30improving life outcomes for this population.

31(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the task force include
32participation from a core set of department, agency, and systems
33leaders with discretion and responsibility for policy areas of
34primary importance to the fulfillment of the Final Report and Policy
35Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
36 Committee on the Status of Boys and Men in California.

37(b) The task force shall be comprised of the following 20
38members:

39(1) One Member of the Senate, appointed by the President pro
40Tempore of the Senate, and one Member of the Assembly,
P5    1appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, as ex officio, nonvoting
2members, and to the extent that participation is not incompatible
3with their position as Members of the Legislature.

4(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, or his or her
5designee.

6(3) The President of the University of California, or his or her
7designee.

8(4) The Chancellor of the California State University, or his or
9her designee.

10(5) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, or
11his or her designee.

12(6) The Secretary of California Health and Human Services, or
13his or her designee.

14(7) The State Public Health Officer, or his or her designee.

15(8) The Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity, or his
16or her designee.

17(9) The Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing,
18or his or her designee.

19(10) The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, or
20his or her designee.

21(11) The Director of Employment Development, or his or her
22 designee.

23(12) The Executive Director of the California Workforce
24Investment Board, or his or her designee.

25(13) The Chair of the California Workforce Investment Board,
26or his or her designee.

27(14) The Secretary of Transportation, or his or her designee.

28(15) The Director of Finance, or his or her designee.

29(16) The Attorney General, or his or her designee.

30(17) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
31Rehabilitation, or his or her designee.

32(18) The Chair of the Board of State and Community
33Corrections, or his or her designee.

34(19) The Chief Justice of California, or his or her designee.

35(c) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as
36chair of the task force. Desirable qualifications for the position of
37chair shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

38(1) He or she should possess a broad and deep understanding
39of the issues facing boys and men of color.

P6    1(2) He or she should be a political appointee with a senior
2leadership role either leading a department or agency or managing
3a significant and pertinent body of work.

4(3) He or she should have a demonstrated strong and positive
5working relationship with the members of the Legislature and the
6Governor.

7(d) All members of the task force shall hold office until the
8appointment of their successors.

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8266.  

Meetings of the task force shall be subject to the
10Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act (Article 9 (commencing with
11Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3).

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8267.  

The task force shall have the powers and authority
13necessary to carry out the duties imposed upon it by this chapter,
14including, but not limited to, all of the following:

15(a) To employ any administrative, technical, or other personnel
16necessary for the performance of its powers and duties.

17(b) To hold hearings, make and sign any agreements, and to do
18or perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable, or proper to
19carry out the purposes of this chapter.

20(c) To cooperate with, and secure the cooperation of, any
21department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other agency
22of the state to facilitate the task force properly to carry out its
23powers and duties.

24(d) To appoint advisers or advisory committees from time to
25time when the task force determines that the experience or expertise
26of the advisers or advisory committees is needed for projects of
27the task force. Section 11009 shall apply to these advisers or
28advisory committees.

29(e) To accept any federal funds granted, by act of Congress or
30by executive order, for all or any of the purposes of this chapter.

31(f) To accept any gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or
32any of the purposes of this chapter.

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8268.  

(a) Within six months after the effective date of this
34chapter, the task force shall complete all of the following
35requirements:

36(1) Assess existing department and agency programs that align
37with the priorities outlined in the May 2014 My Brother’s Keeper
38Task Force Report to the President. Based on this assessment, the
39task force shall identify state opportunities to partner and
P7    1coordinate with the work of the federal My Brother’s Keeper Task
2Force.

3(2) Assess the Governor’s Budget to identify those areas in
4which the budget priorities are in alignment with the objectives of
5the task force.

6(3) Review the action plan of the Final Report and Policy
7Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
8Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California,
9and identify ambitious state goals for boys and men of color, as
10well as barriers to achieving desired results.

11(b) Upon completion of the requirements in subdivision (a), the
12long-term, ongoing responsibilities of the task force shall include
13all of the following:

14(1) Assessing state policies, regulations, and programs with
15respect to boys and men of color, and the development of proven
16and promising strategies to enhance positive outcomes and
17eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes.

18(2) Preparing population and agency-specific data on boys and
19men of color in California. The task force shall aggregate the data
20and make it publicly available in a manner that does not reveal
21personally identifiable information or otherwise conflict with
22federal or state privacy laws.

23(3) Serving as a liaison to departments and agencies by ensuring
24engagement and partnership with other public, nonprofit, and
25philanthropic entities among the various member agencies and
26with the task force as a whole, and recommend ways to strengthen
27partnerships with external leaders advancing strategies relevant to
28boys and men of color.

29(c) The first meeting of the task force shall be convened on or
30before January 31, 2016. Subsequently, the task force shall convene
31on no less than a quarterly basis to assess progress on its ongoing
32responsibilities pursuant to subdivision (b), and to provide support
33and ensure coordination across agencies.

34(d) (1) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the task force shall
35prepare and submit to the Legislature an annual report on
36department and agency findings pursuant to this section. The task
37force shall also report these findings at the Assembly Select
38Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California’s
39annual hearing on the status of advancing the committee priorities
40and policies.

P8    1(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be
2submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

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8269.  

With respect to its duties under Section 8268, the task
4force shall be an advisory body only, and there shall be no right
5or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and
6conferring, to implement the findings of the task force without
7further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations,
8determinations, 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
10created as a fund in the State Treasury to carry out this chapter in
11support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
12Subject to the approval of the Department of Finance, all moneys
13collected or received by the task force from gifts, bequests, or
14donations shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of
15the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund in accordance with
16the terms of the gift or donation from which the moneys are derived
17and in accordance with Sections 8647, 11005, 11005.1, and 16302
18of the Government Code.



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