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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
                              Senator Isadore Hall, III
                                        Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:           AB 80            Hearing Date:    7/14/2015
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          |Author:    |Campos                                               |
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          |Version:   |7/6/2015    Amended                                  |
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          |Urgency:   |No                     |Fiscal:      |Yes             |
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          |Consultant:|Arthur Terzakis                                      |
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          SUBJECT: Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of  
          Color.


            DIGEST:    This bill establishes a 20-member Interagency Task  
          Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color (Task Force) within  
          state government to serve as a support mechanism for department  
          and agency leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the  
          myriad challenges facing boys and men of color in California,  
          and assisting the respective departments and agencies in more  
          successfully improving the life outcomes for this population.

          ANALYSIS:
          
          Existing law:
          
          1)Establishes various advisory boards and commissions in state  
            government with specified duties and responsibilities.

          2)Creates within state government the Commission on the Status  
            of Women and Girls, consisting of 17 members, including 6  
            Members of the Legislature, and 11 public appointees, as  
            specified.


          This bill:

          1)Creates the 20-member Task Force, a multiagency advisory body  
            comprised of two ex-officio members of the Legislature (one  







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            appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and one by the  
            Speaker of the Assembly) and 18 other public officials, as  
            specified. 


          2)Specifies that meetings of the Task Force are subject to the  
            Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act. 



          3)Requires the Task Force to complete various activities within  
            six months, including:


             a)   An assessment of existing department and agency programs  
               that align with the May 2014 federal My Brother's Keeper  
               Task Force;


             b)   An assessment of the Governor's Budget to identify areas  
               in which the budget priorities are in alignment with the  
               objectives of the Task Force; 


             c)   A review of 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.


          4)Requires the Task Force to complete various longer term  
            activities, including assessing state policies, regulations,  
            and programs; preparing population and agency-specific data,  
            and make it publicly available; and, serving as a liaison to  
            departments and agencies to ensure engagement and partnerships  
            with other public, nonprofit, and philanthropic entities.


          5)Grants the Task Force the powers and authority to carry out  
            the duties imposed upon it, including employing  
            administrative, technical and other personnel, holding  
            hearings, signing agreements, appointing advisors or advisory  
            committees.  Also, provides that the Task Force may accept  
            federal funds, gifts, donations, grants or bequests for all or  
            any purposes of the Task Force.









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          6)Stipulates that the Task Force must summon its first meeting  
            by January 31, 2016, and meet quarterly thereafter.  Also,  
            requires the Task Force to annually report its findings to the  
            Legislature and to the Assembly Select Committee on the Status  
            of Boys and Men of Color. 


          7)Creates the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund in the State  
            Treasury in support of the Task Force, upon appropriation by  
            the Legislature.


          8)Makes it explicit that the Task Force is an advisory body  
            only, and that there shall be no right or obligation on the  
            part of the state to implement the findings of the Task Force  
            unless there is further legislation in this regard.

          9)Makes various findings relative to My Brother's Keeper  
            Initiative, launched by the President in February 2014, and  
            declares that as California becomes more diverse, we must  
            nurture and harness the talents, skills, and hopes of young  
            people of color - boys and young men in particular.  

          

          Background

          Purpose of AB 80.  This bill seeks to address the racial  
          disparities and the systematic barriers that limit the success  
          of California's young men of color.  According to the author's  
          office, "AB 80 creates California's first ever Interagency Task  
          Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.  The Task Force  
          would be modeled after the federal task force created within the  
          My Brother's Keeper initiative announced by President Obama last  
          year.  The 20 member advisory body will serve as a support  
          mechanism for state agencies to take coordinated action in  
          meeting the challenges facing our young men of color.  Most  
          importantly, the body will be tasked with assessing policy  
          recommendations of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status  
          of Boys and Men of Color and identifying state policy goals for  
          our young men of color."


          The President's "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative, is based on  








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          the premise that opportunity has lagged behind for boys and  
          young men of color.  It was established in February, 2014 as an  
          interagency effort, chaired by Assistant to the President and  
          Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, to determine what public  
          and private efforts are working and how to expand communities'  
          approaches to help put boys and young men of color on the path  
          to success.  The initiative would explore how the Federal  
          Government's own policies and programs can support these  
          efforts, and how to better involve State and local officials,  
          the private sector, and the philanthropic community in these  
          efforts.  The author's office states that the task force  
          proposed in this bill builds on the federal initiative and will  
          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  
          recommendations included the creation of a state coordinating  
          body within the Governor's Office to target programs and  
          services to at-risk individuals, particularly those who are  
          involved in multiple systems or who are disconnected from  
          family, public programs, and the workforce.  


          Prior/Related Legislation
          
          SB 1098 (Torres, 2014) would have added the Deputy Secretary of  
          Women Veterans Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, as  
          an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Commission on the Status  
          of Women and Girls.  (Held in this Committee at author's  
          request)


          AB 914 (Bradford, 2013) would have created 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 and agency leaders by taking coordinated action in  
          meeting the myriad challenges facing boys and men of color in  
          California, and assisting the respective departments and  








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          agencies in more successfully improving the life outcomes for  
          this population.  (This bill was a gut-and-amend on the Senate  
          Floor in the final days of session in 2014, and was held in the  
          Senate Rules Committee without a hearing.)


          HR 23 (Bradford, 2013) resolved that the Assembly encourage the  
          Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to  
          continue to advance its legislative agenda to improve the lives  
          of young people of color, including its work to reduce the use  
          of policies and practices that push boys out of school and to  
          instead promote common sense discipline that keeps pupils in  
          school and on track. Also, further resolved that the Assembly  
          encourage the Select Committee to support growing state and  
          national efforts to shine a spotlight on the needs and  
          aspirations of young men of color across the United States,  
          including the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and  
          Boys.

          SB 301 (Alarcon, 2003) would have created a 15-member Commission  
          on Latino/Latina Affairs to, among other things, advise the  
          Governor, the Legislature, and state agencies, departments, and  
          commissions on issues relating to the social and economic  
          development, and the rights and interests of Latino/Latina  
          communities.  (Vetoed by Governor)

          FISCAL EFFECT:                 Appropriation:  No    Fiscal  
          Com.:             Yes          Local:          No


            SUPPORT:  

          Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (Sponsor)
          National Compadres Network (Co-Sponsor)
          Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
          American Civil Liberties Union of California
          American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,  
          AFL-CIO
          California Black Health Network 
          California Communities United Institute
          California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
          California Immigrant Policy Center
          California School Boards Association
          California State PTA
          California Teachers Association








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          California Workforce Association
          Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
          Policy Link
          San Jose Evergreen Valley College District
          The Greenlining Institute
          Numerous individuals

          OPPOSITION:

          None received

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:    Proponents point out that "the  
          challenges facing boys and young men of color affect others, and  
          it is important to break down barriers wherever they exist and  
          identify means of creating ladders of opportunity for all."   
          Proponents emphasize that "Our state's future prosperity and  
          health depend on all Californians having a fair chance to thrive  
          and succeed.  One of the best investments we can make is to be  
          certain we do everything possible to help young people become  
          healthy, productive adults.  As California becomes more diverse,  
          we must nurture and harness the talent, skills, and hopes of  
          young people of color."