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          Date of Hearing:  April 15, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          80 (Campos) - As Amended March 16, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill establishes the 20-member Interagency Task Force on  
          the Status of Boys and Men of Color (task force) within state  
          government.  Specifically, this bill: 









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          1)Requires the 20-member advisory task force be comprised of two  
            ex-officio members of the Legislature and 18 other specified  
            state leaders from across all sectors.
          2)Requires the task force to complete various activities within  
            six months, including:


             a)   Evaluate existing department and agency programs to  
               identify state opportunities to partner and coordinate with  
               the work of the federal My Brother's Keeper Task Force;
             b)   Assess the Governor's Budget to identify areas in which  
               the budget priorities are in alignment with the objectives  
               of the task force; 


             c)   Review the action plan of the Final Report and Policy  
               Platform for State Action (2012-18) of the Assembly Select  
               Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.


          3)Requires the task force to complete various longer term  
            activities, including assessing state policies, regulations,  
            and programs; preparing, and make publicly available,  
            population and agency-specific data; and serving as a liaison  
            to departments and agencies to ensure engagement and enhance  
            partnerships.
          4)Provides the task force with powers and authority to carry out  
            its duties, including employing administrative, technical and  
            other personnel, holding hearings, and signing agreements.


          5)Directs the task force to hold its first meeting by January  
            31, 2016, and to meet quarterly thereafter, and requires the  
            task force to annually report its findings to the Legislature  
            and to the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of  
            Color. 










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          6)Establishes a separate fund in the State Treasury in support  
            of the task force, and requires DOF to approve all gifts,  
            bequests or donations collected or received by the task force  
            for deposit into the fund. Appropriations from the fund would  
            require Legislative approval.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Ongoing annual costs in the range of $210,000 to $250,000  
            (GF), assuming two full-time positions and one part-time  
            office assistant position, to staff the work of the Task  
            Force.


          2)Ongoing annual costs for operating expenses and equipment in  
            the range of $70,000 (GF).


          3)Ongoing, unknown but likely minor, costs (GF) to various  
            agencies to provide the required data to the Task Force for  
            analysis.


          4)Potential offsets to General Fund costs to the extent  
            donations or other monies are received and deposited in the  
            Boys and Men of color Task Force Fund in the State Treasury  
            and subsequently appropriated by the Legislature for support  
            of the Task Force. 


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  According to the author, by 2050, California's male  
            population will be nearly 80% boys and men of color, and a  
            disproportionate number will be trapped in a cycle of poverty,  
            prison, and disadvantage. AB 80 seeks to address the racial  








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            disparities and the systematic barriers that limit the success  
            of California's young men of color.


          2)Background.  In February 2014, President Obama took steps to  
            address the issues facing these young men of color when he  
            announced the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative and convened a  
            task force aimed at coordinating efforts of community based  
            organizations and government agencies to close systemic gaps  
            and provide new opportunities for these disadvantaged youth to  
            succeed.  The author states that the task force proposed in  
            this bill builds on the federal initiative and would serve as  
            a coordinated state body for action between the numerous  
            agencies and departments that impact California's young men.


            In 2012, the California State Assembly formed the Select  
            Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to respond to  
            the needs of young men of color across the state.  The Select  
            Committee held a series of regional informational hearings  
            throughout California, and issued its Final Report and Policy  
            Platform for State Action (2012-2018).  One of the report's  
            many policy recommendations is the creation of a state  
            coordinating body within the Governor's Office to target  
            programs and services to these at-risk individuals,  
            particularly those who are involved in multiple systems or who  
            are disconnected from family, public programs, and the  
            workforce.  


          3)Amendments Needed.  The bill does not indicate where the Task  
            Force will be housed and is silent on paying per diem or  
            covering the expenses of its Task Force members. The author  
            may wish to amend the bill to clarify these issues.


          4)Prior Legislation.  AB 914 (Bradford) of 2014, in its final  
            version, was nearly identical to this bill. AB 914 was a  
            gut-and-amend on the Senate Floor in the final days of session  








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            in 2014, and was held in the Senate Rules Committee without a  
            hearing.





          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Swenson / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081