Bill Text: NY S00479 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes the task force on social innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise to study and report on developing and sustaining socially innovative programs and businesses.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-08 - PRINT NUMBER 479A [S00479 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00479-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                         479--A
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                       (Prefiled)
                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic  Devel-
          opment  and  Small  Business -- reported favorably from said committee
          and committed to the Committee on  Finance  --  committee  discharged,
          bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
          committee
        AN ACT to establish the task force on social  innovation,  entrepreneur-
          ship  and  enterprise,  and  providing for its duties and responsibil-
          ities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration
          thereof
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. (a) A task force on social innovation, entrepreneurship and
     2  enterprise is hereby established to examine, evaluate and make recommen-
     3  dations  concerning  the means and methods to strengthen the capacity of
     4  the state to (i) work cooperatively to create, scale and sustain innova-
     5  tive social  programs;  (ii)  work  cooperatively  to  support  emerging
     6  socially  responsible  businesses, advance existing socially responsible
     7  businesses and sustain  innovative  social  programs;  (iii)  build  the
     8  capacity  of not-for-profit entities and governments to pursue entrepre-
     9  neurial ventures; (iv) provide greater opportunities for  social  enter-
    10  prise  ventures; and (v) attract funding to the state for the support of
    11  such ventures.
    12    (a-1) For purposes of this act social innovation means the process  of
    13  developing  and  deploying  effective solutions to challenging and often
    14  systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress.
    15    (b) In addition, the task force shall have the following duties:
    16    (i) to gather information on social innovation,  entrepreneurship  and
    17  social enterprise;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05460-02-9

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     1    (ii)  to  receive and consider reports and testimony from individuals,
     2  public officials, community-based organizations,  not-for-profit  organ-
     3  izations,  faith-based  organizations and other public and private enti-
     4  ties relating to how social innovation and entrepreneurship may acceler-
     5  ate  progress  on social issues, work across social sectors, and advance
     6  social and economic development goals;
     7    (iii) to identify promising strategies that have been  implemented  in
     8  other  communities and states to encourage cross-sector collaboration on
     9  social issues;
    10    (iv) to identify promising strategies to educate and train the public,
    11  not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and businesses on entrepre-
    12  neurial concepts as applied in the social sector;
    13    (v) to designate a suitable organization to  facilitate  research  and
    14  development; and
    15    (vi)  to  develop  a  statewide  comprehensive strategic plan relating
    16  thereto.
    17    § 2. (a) The task force shall be composed of 11 members, as follows:
    18    (i) the commissioner of temporary and disability assistance, or his or
    19  her designee, who shall be the chair of the task force;
    20    (ii) the commissioner of children and family services, or his  or  her
    21  designee; and
    22    (iii) three members appointed by the governor, three members appointed
    23  by the senate majority leader, and three members appointed by the speak-
    24  er of the assembly, who shall be broadly representative of the diversity
    25  of the state, and shall include the following:
    26    (A)  two  persons who are officers of not-for-profit corporations that
    27  operate at least one social enterprise;
    28    (B) one representative  of  a  statewide  or  regional  not-for-profit
    29  management support organization;
    30    (C) one representative of a university which has an established record
    31  in  promoting social entrepreneurship or tracking the economic impact of
    32  social sector issues;
    33    (D) two representatives of  private  sector  businesses  that  have  a
    34  strong  commitment  to their communities and have a record of supporting
    35  social entrepreneurship;
    36    (E) one representative of a charitable  organization  with  an  estab-
    37  lished record of funding social entrepreneurs; and
    38    (F) two persons having such experience and expertise as would be valu-
    39  able to the task force.
    40    (b) The task force shall convene at such times and places as the chair
    41  shall  determine. Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be
    42  filled in the manner provided  for  the  original  appointment  of  such
    43  member.
    44    §  3. The task force may meet within and without the state, shall hold
    45  public hearings and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee
    46  pursuant to the legislative law.
    47    § 4. The members of the task force shall receive no  compensation  for
    48  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
    49  incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.
    50    §  5. To the maximum extent feasible, the task force shall be entitled
    51  to request and receive, and shall utilize such facilities, resources and
    52  data of any court, department, division, board,  bureau,  commission  or
    53  agency  of  the  state  or  any  political subdivision thereof as it may
    54  reasonably request.
    55    § 6. The provisions of articles 6 and 7 of  the  public  officers  law
    56  shall apply to all records, meetings and proceedings of the task force.

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     1    §  7.  The task force shall make reports to the governor, the legisla-
     2  ture and the public, within 6 months, 1  year  and  2  years  after  the
     3  effective date of this act, of its findings, conclusions and recommenda-
     4  tions, and shall submit with its reports such legislative and regulatory
     5  proposals as it deems necessary to implement its recommendations.
     6    §  8.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
     7  deemed repealed 2 years after such date.
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