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          80 (Campos and Alejo)

          As Amended  March 16, 2015

          Majority vote

          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                 |Noes                 |
          |                |      |                     |                     |
          |                |      |                     |                     |
          |Accountability  |8-0   |Salas, Lackey, Beth  |                     |
          |                |      |Gaines, Burke,       |                     |
          |                |      |Frazier, Irwin,      |                     |
          |                |      |Medina, Rodriguez    |                     |
          |                |      |                     |                     |
          |Appropriations  |16-1  |Gomez, Bigelow,      |Gallagher            |
          |                |      |Bonta, Calderon,     |                     |
          |                |      |Chang, Daly, Eggman, |                     |
          |                |      |Eduardo Garcia,      |                     |
          |                |      |Gordon, Holden,      |                     |
          |                |      |Jones, Quirk,        |                     |
          |                |      |Rendon, Wagner,      |                     |
          |                |      |Weber, Wood          |                     |
          |                |      |                     |                     |
          |                |      |                     |                     |

          SUMMARY:  Establishes the 20-member Interagency Task Force on the  
          Status of Boys and Men of Color (task force) within state  


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          government.  Specifically, this bill:  
          1)Specifies the 20-member advisory task force must be comprised of  
            ex-officio members of the Legislature and other specified state  
            leaders from the education, health, business, employment,  
            housing, labor, transportation, finance, corrections, and  
            judicial sectors.  
          2)Requires the task force to complete various short- and long-term  
            activities, including, among other things, the following:

             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, a  
               national interagency effort launched in February 2014 to help  
               boys and young men of color achieve success;
             b)   Assess the Governor's Budget to identify those areas in  
               which the budget priorities are in alignment with the  
               objectives of the task force; 

             c)   Review the action plan of the 2012 to 2018 Final Report  
               and Policy Platform of the Assembly Status of Boys and Men of  
               Color in California Select Committee (Select Committee); and,

             d)   Prepare, and make publicly available, population and  
               agency-specific data on boys and men of color in the state.

          3)Provides the task force with specified powers and authority to  
            carry out its duties in an advisory capacity.
          4)Directs the task force to convene its first meeting by January  
            31, 2016, and to meet on a quarterly basis thereafter. 

          5)Requires the task force to annually report its findings to the  
            Legislature and to the Select Committee. 


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          6)Establishes the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund in the  
            State Treasury to carry out the purposes of this bill, subject  
            to appropriation from the Legislature, and requires all moneys  
            collected or received by the task force from gifts, bequests or  
            donations to be deposited in the fund, subject to approval from  
            the Department of Finance. 

          7)Makes numerous legislative findings and declarations about the  
            challenges facing the state's boys and young men of color; the  
            importance of improving outcomes for these at-risk youth; and,  
            the lack of a statewide entity to coordinate action. 

          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  

          1)Ongoing annual costs in the range of $210,000 to $250,000  
            (General Fund (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  

          4)Potential offsets to GF 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. 


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          COMMENTS:  According to the author, California's male population  
          will be nearly 80% boys and men of color by 2050 and a  
          disproportionate number of them are Latino, African American,  
          Native American, and Southeast Asian males who are trapped in a  
          cycle of poverty, prison, and disadvantage.  The author notes that  
          President Barack Obama took steps to address the issues facing  
          these youth when he announced the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative  
          in February 2014 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  

          The task force would be primarily charged with evaluating current  
          state programs and improving outcomes for boys and young men of  
          color relative to success in school, access to health care,  
          employment and other public health, safety and criminal justice  
          issues.  This bill directs the task force to report its findings  
          to both the Legislature and the Select Committee.  It also sets up  
          a separate fund in the State Treasury in support of the task  
          force.  The Department of Finance would be required to approve any  
          gifts, bequests or donations collected or received by the task  
          force for deposit into the fund.  Appropriations from the fund  
          would be subject to legislative approval.  

          Analysis Prepared by:                                               
                          Cassie Royce / A. & A.R. / (916) 319-3600  FN:  


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