Bill S6441-2013

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

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






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 Taskforce.

Section 5 outlines access to state resources the Taskforce is entitled to.

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-profit 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 significant 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, including: 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 enterprises.

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.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6441 IN SENATE 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 thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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;
(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 thereto. 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 following: (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 member. 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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