eLaws of Florida

  SECTION 16.615. Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.  


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  • 1(1) 2The Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys is established within the Department of Legal Affairs and shall consist of 19 members appointed as follows:
    30(a) 31Two members of the Senate who are not members of the same political party, appointed by the President of the Senate with the advice of the Minority Leader of the Senate.
    62(b) 63Two members of the House of Representatives who are not members of the same political party, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives with the advice of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
    100(c) 101The Secretary of Children and Families or his or her designee.
    112(d) 113The director of the Mental Health Program Office within the Department of Children and Families or his or her designee.
    133(e) 134The State Surgeon General or his or her designee.
    143(f) 144The Commissioner of Education or his or her designee.
    153(g) 154The Secretary of Corrections or his or her designee.
    163(h) 164The Attorney General or his or her designee.
    172(i) 173The Secretary of Management Services or his or her designee.
    183(j) 184The executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity or his or her designee.
    198(k) 199A businessperson who is an African American, as defined in s. 210760.80(2)(a), 211appointed by the Governor.
    215(l) 216Two persons appointed by the President of the Senate who are not members of the Legislature or employed by state government. One of the appointees must be a clinical psychologist.
    246(m) 247Two persons appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives who are not members of the Legislature or employed by state government. One of the appointees must be an Africana studies professional.
    280(n) 281The deputy secretary for Medicaid in the Agency for Health Care Administration or his or her designee.
    298(o) 299The Secretary of Juvenile Justice or his or her designee.
    309(2) 310Each member of the council shall be appointed to a 4-year term; however, for the purpose of providing staggered terms, of the initial appointments, 9 members shall be appointed to 2-year terms and 10 members shall be appointed to 4-year terms. A member of the council may be removed at any time by the member’s appointing authority who shall fill the vacancy on the council.
    375(3)(a) 376At the first meeting of the council each year, the members shall elect a chair and a vice chair.
    395(b) 396A vacancy in the office of chair or vice chair shall be filled by vote of the remaining members.
    415(4)(a) 416The council shall make a systematic study of the conditions affecting black men and boys, including, but not limited to, homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, drug abuse, death rates, disparate annual income levels, school performance in all grade levels including postsecondary levels, and health issues.
    464(b) 465The council shall propose measures to alleviate and correct the underlying causes of the conditions described in paragraph (a). These measures may consist of changes to the law or systematic changes that can be implemented without legislative action.
    503(c) 504The council may study other topics suggested by the Legislature or as directed by the chair of the council.
    523(d) 524The council shall receive suggestions or comments pertinent to the applicable issues from members of the Legislature, governmental agencies, public and private organizations, and private citizens.
    550(e) 551The council shall monitor outcomes of the direct-support organization created pursuant to s. 56416.616565.
    566(f) 567The council shall develop a strategic program and funding initiative to establish local Councils on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.
    590(5) 591The council may:
    594(a) 595Access data held by any state departments or agencies, which data is otherwise a public record.
    611(b) 612Make requests directly to the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee for assistance with research and monitoring of outcomes by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
    639(c) 640Request, through council members who are also legislators, research assistance from the Office of Economic and Demographic Research within the Florida Legislature.
    662(d) 663Request information and assistance from the state or any political subdivision, municipal corporation, public officer, or governmental department thereof.
    682(e) 683Apply for and accept funds, grants, gifts, and services from the state, the Federal Government or any of its agencies, or any other public or private source for the purpose of defraying clerical and administrative costs as may be necessary for carrying out its duties under this section.
    731(f) 732Work directly with, or request information and assistance on issues pertaining to education from, Florida’s historically black colleges and universities.
    752(6) 753The Office of the Attorney General shall provide staff and administrative support to the council.
    768(7) 769The council shall meet quarterly and at other times at the call of the chair or as determined by a majority of council members and approved by the Attorney General.
    799(8) 800Eleven of the members of the council constitute a quorum, and an affirmative vote of a majority of the members present is required for final action.
    826(9)(a) 827The council shall issue its first annual report by December 15, 2007, and by December 15 each following year, stating the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the council. The council shall submit the report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the chairpersons of the standing committees of jurisdiction in each chamber.
    888(b) 889The initial report must include the findings of an investigation into factors causing black-on-black crime from the perspective of public health related to mental health, other health issues, cultural disconnection, and cultural identity trauma.
    923(10) 924Members of the council shall serve without compensation. Members are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 947112.061948. State officers and employees shall be reimbursed from the budget of the agency through which they serve. Other members may be reimbursed by the Department of Legal Affairs.
    977(11) 978The council and any subcommittees it forms are subject to the provisions of chapter 119, related to public records, and the provisions of chapter 286, related to public meetings.
    1007(12) 1008Each member of the council who is not otherwise required to file a financial disclosure statement pursuant to s. 8, Art. II of the State Constitution or s. 1036112.3144, 1037must file a disclosure of financial interests pursuant to s. 1047112.31451048.
History.-s. 1, ch. 2006-123; s. 2, ch. 2008-6; s. 1, ch. 2008-130; s. 39, ch. 2011-142; s. 3, ch. 2014-19.

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