senate Bill S6441

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

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  • 24 / Jan / 2014


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

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Bill Details

Legislative Cycle:
Senate Commerce, Economic Development And Small Business
Law Section:
Economic Development

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TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish the task force on social innovation,
entrepreneurship and enterprise, and providing for its duties and
responsibilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
expiration thereof


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


Section 1a establishes the Social Enterprise Taskforce.

Section 1b establishes the responsibilities of the Taskforce.

Section 2 establishes the composition of the Taskforce.

Section 3 identifies the powers of the Taskforce.

Section 4 establishes compensation and reimbursement guidelines for the

Section 5 outlines access to state resources the Taskforce is entitled

Sections 6 and 7 establish the reporting procedures for the Taskforce.

Section 8 establishes the effective date (immediately) and repeal date
(2 years).


Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common
good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of
the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice
agendas. Social enterprises differ themselves from traditional for-pro-
fit firms and not-for-profit entities in the following ways:

*They directly address an intractable social need and serve the common
good, either through its products and services or through the number of
disadvantaged people it employs.
*Their commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a signif-
icant earned income stream within a nonprofit's mixed revenue portfolio,
or a for profit enterprise.
*The common good is its primary purpose, trumping all others.

Social Enterprise encompasses for-profits whose driving purpose is
social. The social needs addressed by social enterprises are diverse,

and the top five mission foci of social enterprises were workforce
development, housing, community and economic development, education, and
health. Social enterprise business models are equally diverse, includ-
ing: retail, service and manufacturing businesses; contracted providers
of social and human services; fee-based consulting and research
services; community development and financing operations; food service
and catering operations; arts organizations; and even technology enter-

The communities of New York State will benefit from a coordinated effort
in harnessing the economic and social power of social enterprise. Shown
to be effective in other starts, the creation of the Taskforce is an
integral part of that effort.




To be determined.


This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2014

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

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


  Section 1. (a) A task force on social innovation, entrepreneurship and
enterprise is hereby established to examine, evaluate and make recommen-
dations concerning the means and methods to strengthen the  capacity  of
the state to (i) work cooperatively to create, scale and sustain innova-
tive  social  programs;  (ii)  work  cooperatively  to  support emerging
socially responsible businesses, advance existing  socially  responsible
businesses  and  sustain  innovative  social  programs;  (iii) build the
capacity of not-for-profit entities and governments to pursue  entrepre-
neurial  ventures;  (iv) provide greater opportunities for social enter-
prise ventures; and (v) attract funding to the state for the support  of
such ventures.
  (b) In addition, the task force shall have the following duties:
  (i)  to  gather information on social innovation, entrepreneurship and
social enterprise;
  (ii) to receive and consider reports and testimony  from  individuals,
public  officials,  community-based organizations, not-for-profit organ-
izations, faith-based organizations and other public and  private  enti-
ties relating to how social innovation and entrepreneurship may acceler-
ate  progress  on social issues, work across social sectors, and advance
social and economic development goals;
  (iii) to identify promising strategies that have been  implemented  in
other  communities and states to encourage cross-sector collaboration on
social issues;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S. 6441                             2

  (iv) to identify promising strategies to educate and train the public,
not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and businesses on entrepre-
neurial concepts as applied in the social sector;
  (v)  to  designate  a suitable organization to facilitate research and
development; and
  (vi) to develop a  statewide  comprehensive  strategic  plan  relating
  S 2. (a) The task force shall be composed of 11 members, as follows:
  (i) the commissioner of temporary and disability assistance, or his or
her designee, who shall be the chair of the task force;
  (ii)  the  commissioner of children and family services, or his or her
designee; and
  (iii) nine members appointed by the governor,  who  shall  be  broadly
representative  of  the  diversity  of  the state, and shall include the
  (A) two persons who are officers of not-for-profit  corporations  that
operate at least one social enterprise;
  (B)  one  representative  of  a  statewide  or regional not-for-profit
management support organization;
  (C) one representative of a university which has an established record
in promoting social entrepreneurship or tracking the economic impact  of
social sector issues;
  (D)  two  representatives  of  private  sector  businesses that have a
strong commitment to their communities and have a record  of  supporting
social entrepreneurship;
  (E)  one  representative  of  a charitable organization with an estab-
lished record of funding social entrepreneurs; and
  (F) two persons having such experience and expertise as would be valu-
able to the task force.
  (b) The task force shall convene at such times and places as the chair
shall determine. Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall  be
filled  in  the  manner  provided  for  the original appointment of such
  S 3. The task force may meet within and without the state, shall  hold
public hearings and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee
pursuant to the legislative law.
  S  4.  The members of the task force shall receive no compensation for
their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.
  S 5. To the maximum extent feasible, the task force shall be  entitled
to request and receive, and shall utilize such facilities, resources and
data  of  any  court, department, division, board, bureau, commission or
agency of the state or any  political  subdivision  thereof  as  it  may
reasonably request.
  S  6.  The  provisions  of articles 6 and 7 of the public officers law
shall apply to all records, meetings and proceedings of the task force.
  S 7. The task force shall make reports to the governor,  the  legisla-
ture  and  the  public,  within  6  months, 1 year and 2 years after the
effective date of this act, of its findings, conclusions and recommenda-
tions, and shall submit with its reports such legislative and regulatory
proposals as it deems necessary to implement its recommendations.
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed 2 years after such date.


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