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A01794 Summary:

BILL NOA01794
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02853
 
SPONSORPeoples-Stokes
 
COSPNSRAubry, Wright, Cusick, Cook
 
MLTSPNSRCahill, Galef, Jaffee, Rivera, Titone
 
 
Establishes a task force to study and assess the condition of African American men in New York; provides such task force shall consist of 17 members and report its findings no later than December 31, 2018.
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A01794 Actions:

BILL NOA01794
 
01/13/2017referred to governmental operations
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A01794 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1794
 
SPONSOR: Peoples-Stokes (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a task force on the condition of African American men in New York state   PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to address the prevailing issues facing African American men in society. African American men are: (1) dispro- portionately less likely to complete high school and to obtain a postse- condary education; (2) more likely to be incarcerated or on parole; (3) more likely to have lower lifetime economic earnings; (4) more likely to have been a part of the child welfare population; (5) more likely to have a shorter life expectancy; and, (6) more likely to have health problems, such as HIV/AIDS, drug dependency, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, just to name a few.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would create a Task Force on the Condition of African American Men in New York State. The Task Force would determine causal factors for the condition of African American men; inventory State programs and initiatives that serve to improve the condition of African American men; identify gaps in services to African American men; and, develop strategies to reduce duplication of services and to maximize coordination between State agencies, providers, and educational insti- tutions, including developing benchmarks to measure progress. Lastly, the task force will prepare a report for submission to the governor and the legislature that provides specific recommendations regarding exist- ing state laws, regulations, programs, policies, and practices relating to the condition of African American men in New York State.   JUSTIFICATION: The experiences of young African American men differ in various ways from other young men of other racial and ethnic groups. Based on infor- mation from the US Census and other national statistics, it has become evident that African American men are disproportionately disadvantaged from young men of other racial and ethnic groups. African American men are less likely to complete high school and to obtain a post-secondary education. As of 2004, fewer than 8% of African American men have gradu- ated from college, compared to 17% of Whites and 35% of Asians (Kaiser Family Foundation).African American Men are more likely to be incarcer- ated or on parole. In 2003, African Americans accounted for only 12% of the general population, and comprised 44% of all prisoners with sentences greater than one year. If incarceration rates remain unchanged, about one in three Black men are expected to go to prison during their lifetime as opposed to only one in 17 White men (The Insti- tute for Higher Education Policy). African American men are more likely to have lower lifetime economic earnings or be unemployed. In 2004, 72% of African American men in their 20s, who had dropped out of high school, were jobless (New York Times). This is comparable to only 34% of White men and 19% of Hispanic men who were high school dropouts in their 20s (New York Times). African Ameri- can men are also more likely to have been a part of the child welfare system, which according to empirical data, often times results in delayed social and academic development. Lastly, African American men
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A01794 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1794
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 13, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. PEOPLES-STOKES, AUBRY, WRIGHT, CUSICK, COOK --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CAHILL, GALEF, JAFFEE,  RIVERA,  TITONE
          -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
 
        AN  ACT  to  establish a task force on the condition of African American
          men in New York state

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature finds that African
     2  American men: (a) are disproportionately less likely  to  complete  high
     3  school  and to obtain a post-secondary education; (b) are more likely to
     4  be incarcerated or on parole; (c) are more likely to have lower lifetime
     5  economic earnings; (d) are more likely to have been a part of the  child
     6  welfare population; (e) are more likely to have a shorter life expectan-
     7  cy;  and  (f) are more likely to have health problems, such as HIV/AIDS,
     8  drug dependency, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.  The  legislature
     9  additionally  finds that the state of New York has a compelling interest
    10  in determining the causes of these problems and in developing  appropri-
    11  ate remedies.
    12    §  2. The New York state task force on the condition of African Ameri-
    13  can men is hereby established. The role of the task force  includes  but
    14  is not limited to:
    15    (a) assessing the causal factors for the condition of African American
    16  men;
    17    (b) assessing state programs and initiatives that serve to improve the
    18  condition  of  African  American  men  and  identifying the gaps in such
    19  services;
    20    (c) developing strategies to reduce duplication  of  services  and  to
    21  maximize  coordination between state agencies, providers and educational
    22  institutions, including developing benchmarks to measure progress; and
    23    (d) preparing a report for submission to the governor and the legisla-
    24  ture that provides specific  recommendations  regarding  existing  state
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03444-01-7

        A. 1794                             2
 
     1  laws,  regulations,  programs,  policies,  and practices relating to the
     2  condition of African American men in the state.
     3    § 3. The task force shall issue its findings, in the form of a report,
     4  no later than December 31, 2018.
     5    §  4. The task force shall consist of 17 members and shall include the
     6  commissioner of temporary and disability assistance, the commissioner of
     7  children and family services, the commissioner of corrections and commu-
     8  nity supervision, the commissioner of economic development, the  commis-
     9  sioner  of health, the commissioner of human rights, the commissioner of
    10  education, the commissioner of labor and the  chancellor  of  the  state
    11  university  of  New  York,  or  a  designee of any of such officers. The
    12  remaining eight shall be appointed, within 60 days of the effective date
    13  of this act, as follows:  two shall be appointed by the temporary presi-
    14  dent of the senate; two shall be appointed by the minority leader of the
    15  senate; two shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;  and  two
    16  shall  be  appointed  by the minority leader of the assembly. The member
    17  from the office of temporary and disability assistance  shall  serve  as
    18  the  director  of  the  task  force and he or she may assign staff as is
    19  necessary to carry out  the  provisions  of  this  section.  Task  force
    20  members  shall  receive  no compensation for their services but shall be
    21  reimbursed for travel expenses incurred  in  the  performance  of  their
    22  duties.
    23    §  5.  The  task  force may consult with any organization, educational
    24  institution, governmental agency, or person, that advocates for  African
    25  American men.
    26    § 6. The director of the task force may reconvene the task force, with
    27  the  same or different members, after issuance of the report, to address
    28  any further issues associated with the condition of African American men
    29  in New York state.
    30    § 7. All departments or agencies of the state or subdivisions  thereof
    31  shall,  at the request of the director, provide the task force with such
    32  facilities, assistance, and data as will enable the task force to  carry
    33  out its powers and duties.
    34    § 8. This act shall take effect immediately.
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