Bill Text: NY S01739 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes a joint legislative committee on racial equity in New York state to review and prepare a racial equity impact assessment on all legislation that is reported favorably to both houses of the legislature.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-12 - PRINT NUMBER 1739A [S01739 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01739-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                         1739--A
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 16, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sens.  SEPULVEDA,  MONTGOMERY, SALAZAR -- read twice and
          ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
          Investigations and Government Operations -- committee discharged, bill
          amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
          tee
        AN ACT relating to establishing a joint legislative committee on  racial
          equity 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. a. There is hereby created the joint legislative  committee
     2  on racial equity in New York state. The committee shall provide a racial
     3  equity  impact  assessment on all legislation that is favorably reported
     4  from both houses of the legislature. The committee shall  solicit  input
     5  from  members of the public, especially those individuals with expertise
     6  related to racial equity issues, to aid the committee in its work.
     7    b. The committee shall consist of the majority  leaders  and  minority
     8  leaders  from  both  houses of the legislature, ten members appointed by
     9  the temporary president of the senate and ten members appointed  by  the
    10  speaker  of  the assembly who are representative of the racial diversity
    11  that exists in New York state. Any vacancies occurring among the members
    12  of the committee shall be filled in the manner of the original  appoint-
    13  ment.
    14    c.  The  committee shall (1) prepare a racial equity impact assessment
    15  on all legislation that is reported favorably  to  both  houses  of  the
    16  legislature  to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences by utilizing
    17  resources that have a:  (i) history of expertise and  positive  outcomes
    18  in  racial  equity;  and  (ii)  a  deep  understanding  of  ameliorating
    19  disproportionate outcomes and unintended costs; (2) hold  a  hearing  on
    20  any  matter  relating  to  the  functions of the committee; (3) identify
    21  state policies and actions that, in conjunction with public and  private
    22  partners and in support of racial equity, can work to achieve conditions
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05649-02-9

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     1  of  such;  (4)  review and make recommendations to align state statutes,
     2  regulations, programs, services and budgetary priorities; (5) search for
     3  any interdepartmental gaps, inconsistencies and  inefficiencies  in  the
     4  implementation  or  attainment  of  the  state policies and actions; (6)
     5  identify any new laws, regulations, programs,  services,  and  budgetary
     6  priorities  that  are needed to ensure and promote desired conditions of
     7  racial equity; (7) serve as an informational resource for  the  legisla-
     8  ture; and (8) perform other activities, including public outreach.
     9    d.  The  committee  shall  have  the  same powers as other standing or
    10  select committees of the legislature.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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