Amended in Senate August 17, 2015

Amended in Senate July 6, 2015

Amended in Assembly June 2, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 16, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 80


Introduced by Assembly Members Campos, Alejo, Bonta, Jones-Sawyer, and Williams

(Coauthor: Assembly Member Cristina Garcia)

January 5, 2015


An act to addbegin insert and repealend insert 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 Presidentbegin insert of the United Statesend insert 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 wouldbegin delete createend deletebegin insert establish until January 1, 2026,end insert 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.begin delete Thisend deletebegin insert Theend insert 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:

P2    1

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 to 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
P3    1expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color, including
2Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans,
3and to improve their contributions to the nation’s prosperity, so
4that all youth have an equal opportunity atbegin insert achievingend insert the American
5dream.

6(d) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force noted that significant
7diversity exists within and among boys and men of color as a
8segment of the population. Differences of language status, income,
9disability, sexual orientation, and many other factors influence the
10identity and experience of these young people, just as with any
11other population.

12(e) My Brother’s Keeper is focused on the following milestones:
13(1) getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn; (2)
14reading at grade level by third grade; (3) graduating from high
15school ready for college and career; (4)begin insert completing postsecondary
16education or training;end insert
begin insert (5)end insert successfully entering the workforce;
17andbegin delete (5)end deletebegin insert (6)end insert keeping kids on track and giving them second chances.

18(f) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President
19(May 2014) cites numerous areas in which boys and men of color
20consistently experience disproportionately negative outcomes.
21These areas include living in poverty, living without a male parent
22in the household, high school dropout rates, unemployment, death
23by homicide, and imprisonment.

24(g) The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force has identified initial
25recommendations and areas of opportunity at each of these key
26milestones or “focus areas.” The task force has also identified
27several cross-cutting areas of opportunity that span all focus areas.

28(h) The recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task
29Force Report to the President inform and influence California
30 policy and California’s compliance with those recommendations
31makes the state more competitive for federal funding and
32strengthens its economic competitiveness.

33(i) Our state’s future prosperity and health depend on all
34Californians having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. One of
35the best investments we can make is to be certain we do everything
36possible to help young people become healthy, productive adults.
37As California becomes more diverse, we must nurture and harness
38the talents, skills, and hopes of young people of color -- boys and
39young men in particular.

P4    1(j) The Department of Finance projects California’s population
2of boys and men of color will increasingly represent a growing
3percentage of the state's male population, reaching close to 80
4percent for boys and men of color compared to 20 percent for
5non-Hispanic white males by 2050.

6(k) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
7Men of Color in California has recognized that boys and young
8men of color are in jeopardy, and this poses a serious threat to
9California’s economic strength and competitiveness.

10(l) The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and
11Men of Color’s policy framework emphasizes the following issues:
12(1) health and safety; (2) education; (3) juvenile justice; (4)
13employment and wealth; and (5) youth development. Related issues
14that have been recommended for expansion of the committee’s
15work include higher education, immigration, and housing.

16(m) Community and youth leaders from across the state have
17taken a significant interest in partnering with government and
18systems leaders through the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
19in order to improve the health and success of our state’s young
20people of color.

21

SEC. 2.  

Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 8265) is added
22to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

23 

24Chapter  3.4. Interagency Task Force on the Status of
25Boys and Men of Color
26

 

27

8265.  

(a) (1) There is in state government the Interagency
28Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, which shall
29serve as a support mechanism for department, agency, and systems
30leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriadbegin insert ofend insert
31 challenges facing boys and men of color, and assisting the
32respective departments and agencies in more successfully
33improving life outcomes for this population.

34(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the task force include
35participation from a core set of department, agency, and systems
36leaders with discretion and responsibility for policy areas of
37primary importance to the fulfillment of the Final Report and Policy
38Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
39 Committee on the Status of Boys and Men in California.

P5    1(b) The task force shall be comprised of the following 20
2members:

3(1) One Member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate
4Committee on Rules, and one Member of the Assembly, appointed
5by the Speaker of the Assembly, as ex officio, nonvoting members,
6and to the extent that participation is not incompatible with their
7position as Members of the Legislature.

8(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, or his or her
9designee.

10(3) The President of the University of California, or his or her
11designee.

12(4) The Chancellor of the California State University, or his or
13her designee.

14(5) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, or
15his or her designee.

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

18(7) The State Public Health Officer, or his or her designee.

19(8) The Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity, or his
20or her designee.

21(9) The Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing,
22or his or her designee.

23(10) The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, or
24his or her designee.

25(11) The Director of Employment Development, or his or her
26 designee.

27(12) The Executive Director of the California Workforce
28Investment Board, or his or her designee.

29(13) The Chair of the California Workforce Investment Board,
30or his or her designee.

31(14) The Secretary of Transportation, or his or her designee.

32(15) The Director of Finance, or his or her designee.

33(16) The Attorney General, or his or her designee.

34(17) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
35Rehabilitation, or his or her designee.

36(18) The Chair of the Board of State and Community
37Corrections, or his or her designee.

38(19) The Chief Justice of California, or his or her designee.

P6    1(c) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as
2chair of the task force. Desirable qualifications for the position of
3chair shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

4(1) He or she should possess a broad and deep understanding
5of the issues facing boys and men of color.

6(2) He or she should be a political appointee with a senior
7leadership role either leading a department or agency or managing
8a significant and pertinent body of work.

9(3) He or she should have a demonstrated strong and positive
10working relationship with the members of the Legislature and the
11Governor.

12(d) All members of the task force shall hold office until the
13appointment of their successors.

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8266.  

Meetings of the task force shall be subject to the
15Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act (Article 9 (commencing with
16Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3).

17

8267.  

The task force shall have the powers and authority
18necessary to carry out the duties imposed upon it by this chapter,
19including, but not limited to, all of the following:

20(a) To employ any administrative, technical, or other personnel
21necessary for the performance of its powers and duties.

22(b) To hold hearings, make and sign any agreements, and to do
23or perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable, or proper to
24carry out the purposes of this chapter.

25(c) To cooperate with, and secure the cooperation of, any
26department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other agency
27of the state to facilitate the task force properly to carry out its
28powers and duties.

29(d) To appoint advisers or advisory committees from time to
30time when the task force determines that the experience or expertise
31of the advisers or advisory committees is needed for projects of
32the task force. Section 11009 shall apply to these advisers or
33advisory committees.

34(e) To accept any federal funds granted, by act of Congress or
35by executive order, for all or any of the purposes of this chapter.

36(f) To accept any gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or
37any of the purposes of this chapter.

38

8268.  

(a) Within six months after the effective date of this
39chapter, the task force shall complete all of the following
40requirements:

P7    1(1) Assess existing department and agency programs that align
2with the priorities outlined in the May 2014 My Brother’s Keeper
3Task Force Report to the President. Based on this assessment, the
4task force shall identify state opportunities to partner and
5coordinate with the work of the federal My Brother’s Keeper Task
6Force.

7(2) Assess the Governor’s Budget to identify those areas in
8which the budget priorities are in alignment with the objectives of
9the task force.

10(3) Review the action plan of the Final Report and Policy
11Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select
12Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California,
13and identify ambitious state goals for boys and men of color, as
14well as barriers to achieving desired results.

15(b) Upon completion of the requirements in subdivision (a), the
16long-term, ongoing responsibilities of the task force shall include
17all of the following:

18(1) Assessing state policies, regulations, and programs with
19respect to boys and men of color, and the development of proven
20and promising strategies to enhance positive outcomes and
21eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes.

22(2) Preparing population and agency-specific data on boys and
23men of color in California. The task force shall aggregate the data
24and make it publicly available in a manner that does not reveal
25personally identifiable information or otherwise conflict with
26federal or state privacy laws.

27(3) Serving as a liaison to departments and agencies by ensuring
28engagement and partnership with other public, nonprofit, and
29philanthropic entities among the various member agencies and
30with the task force as a whole, and recommend ways to strengthen
31partnerships with external leaders advancing strategies relevant to
32boys and men of color.

33(c) The first meeting of the task force shall be convened on or
34before January 31, 2016. Subsequently, the task force shall convene
35on no less than a quarterly basis to assess progress on its ongoing
36responsibilities pursuant to subdivision (b), and to provide support
37and ensure coordination across agencies.

38(d) (1) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the task force shall
39prepare and submit to the Legislature an annual report on
40department and agency findings pursuant to this section. The task
P8    1force shall also report these findings at the Assembly Select
2Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California’s
3annual hearing on the status of advancing the committee priorities
4and policies.

5(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be
6submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

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8269.  

With respect to its duties under Section 8268, the task
8force shall be an advisory body only, and there shall be no right
9or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and
10conferring, to implement the findings of the task force without
11further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations,
12determinations, 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
14created as a fund in the State Treasury to carry out this chapter in
15support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
16Subject to the approval of the Department of Finance, all moneys
17collected or received by the task force from gifts, bequests, or
18donations shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of
19the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund in accordance with
20the terms of the gift or donation from which the moneys are derived
21and in accordance with Sections 8647, 11005, 11005.1, and 16302
22of the Government Code.

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This chapter shall remain in effect only until January
241, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.

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