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  1  1    Section 1.  Sections 2 through 10 of this Act are enacted
  1  2 as subchapter 11 of Code chapter 216A.
  1  3    Sec. 2.  Section 216A.1, Code 2001, is amended by adding
  1  4 the following new subsection:
  1  5    NEW SUBSECTION.  8.  Division on the status of Iowans of
  1  6 Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.
  1  7    Sec. 3.  NEW SECTION.  216A.151  DEFINITIONS.
  1  8    For purposes of this subchapter, unless the context
  1  9 otherwise requires:
  1 10    1.  "Administrator" means the administrator of the division
  1 11 on the status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage
  1 12 of the department of human rights.
  1 13    2.  "Asian and Pacific Islander" means an individual from
  1 14 any of the countries of Asia or islands of the Pacific.
  1 15    3.  "Commission" means the commission on the status of
  1 16 Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.
  1 17    4.  "Division" means the division on the status of Iowans
  1 18 of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage of the department of
  1 19 human rights.
  1 20    Sec. 4.  NEW SECTION.  216A.152  ESTABLISHMENT.
  1 21    A commission on the status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific
  1 22 Islander heritage is established consisting of nine members
  1 23 appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the
  1 24 senate.  Members shall be appointed representing every
  1 25 geographical area of the state.  The members of the commission
  1 26 shall appoint one of the members to serve as chairperson of
  1 27 the commission.
  1 28    Sec. 5.  NEW SECTION.  216A.153  TERM OF OFFICE.
  1 29    Four of the members appointed to the initial commission
  1 30 shall be designated by the governor to serve two-year terms,
  1 31 and five shall be designated by the governor to serve four-
  1 32 year terms.  Succeeding appointments shall be for a term of
  1 33 four years.  Vacancies in the membership shall be filled for
  1 34 the remainder of the term of the original appointment.
  1 35    Sec. 6.  NEW SECTION.  216A.154  MEETINGS OF THE
  2  1 COMMISSION.
  2  2    The commission shall meet at least four times each year,
  2  3 and shall hold special meetings on the call of the
  2  4 chairperson.  The commission shall adopt rules pursuant to
  2  5 chapter 17A as it deems necessary for the conduct of its
  2  6 business.  The members of the commission shall be reimbursed
  2  7 for actual expenses while engaged in their official duties.  A
  2  8 member may also be eligible to receive compensation as
  2  9 provided in section 7E.6.
  2 10    Sec. 7.  NEW SECTION.  216A.155  DUTIES.
  2 11    The commission shall:
  2 12    1.  Advise the governor and the general assembly on issues
  2 13 confronting Asian and Pacific Islander persons in this state,
  2 14 including the unique problems of non-English-speaking
  2 15 immigrants and refugees.
  2 16    2.  Advise the governor and the general assembly of
  2 17 administrative and legislative changes necessary to ensure
  2 18 Asian and Pacific Islander persons access to benefits and
  2 19 services provided to people in this state.
  2 20    3.  Recommend to the governor and the general assembly any
  2 21 revisions in the state's affirmative action program and other
  2 22 steps necessary to eliminate underutilization of Asian and
  2 23 Pacific Islander persons in the state's workforce.
  2 24    4.  Recommend legislation to the governor and the general
  2 25 assembly designed to improve the economic and social condition
  2 26 of Asian and Pacific Islander persons in this state.
  2 27    5.  Serve as a conduit to state government for
  2 28 organizations of Asian and Pacific Islander persons in this
  2 29 state.
  2 30    6.  Serve as a referral agency to assist Asian and Pacific
  2 31 Islander persons in securing access to state agencies and
  2 32 programs.
  2 33    7.  Serve as a liaison with federal, state, and local
  2 34 governmental units, and private organizations on matters
  2 35 relating to the Asian and Pacific Islander persons in this
  3  1 state.
  3  2    8.  Perform or contract for the performance of studies
  3  3 designed to suggest solutions to the problems of Asian and
  3  4 Pacific Islander persons in the areas of education,
  3  5 employment, human rights, health, housing, social welfare, and
  3  6 other related areas.
  3  7    9.  Implement programs designed to solve the problems of
  3  8 Asian and Pacific Islander persons when authorized by law.
  3  9    10.  Publicize the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific
  3 10 Islander persons and their contributions to this state.
  3 11    11.  Work with other state and federal agencies and
  3 12 organizations to develop small business opportunities and
  3 13 promote economic development for Asian and Pacific Islander
  3 14 persons.
  3 15    12.  Supervise development of an Asian and Pacific Islander
  3 16 trade primer, outlining Asian and Pacific Islander customs,
  3 17 cultural traditions, and business practices, including
  3 18 language usage for use by Iowa's export community.
  3 19    13.  Cooperate with other state and federal agencies and
  3 20 organizations to develop improved state trade relations with
  3 21 Asian and Pacific Islander countries.
  3 22    Sec. 8.  NEW SECTION.  216A.156  REVIEW OF GRANT
  3 23 APPLICATIONS AND BUDGET REQUESTS.
  3 24    Before the submission of an application, state departments
  3 25 and agencies shall consult with the commission concerning
  3 26 applications for federal funding that will have its primary
  3 27 effect on persons of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in
  3 28 Iowa.  The commission shall advise the governor and the
  3 29 director of revenue and finance concerning any state agency
  3 30 budget request that will have its primary effect on persons of
  3 31 Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in Iowa.
  3 32    Sec. 9.  NEW SECTION.  216A.157  ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY.
  3 33    The commission may:
  3 34    1.  Enter into contracts, within the limit of funds made
  3 35 available, with individuals, organizations, and institutions
  4  1 for services.
  4  2    2.  Solicit and accept grants of moneys or property from
  4  3 the federal government or any other source, and upon its own
  4  4 order use this money, property, or other resources to perform
  4  5 the duties of the commission.
  4  6    Sec. 10.  NEW SECTION.  216A.158  EMPLOYEES AND
  4  7 RESPONSIBILITY.
  4  8    The commission shall employ necessary employees.  Pursuant
  4  9 to section 216A.2, the commission shall have responsibility
  4 10 for budgetary and personnel decisions for the commission and
  4 11 division.  The administrator shall administer programs and
  4 12 policies as determined by the commission.
  4 13    Sec. 11.  NEW SECTION.  216A.159  STATE AGENCY ASSISTANCE.
  4 14    On the request of the commission, state departments and
  4 15 agencies shall supply the commission with advisory staff
  4 16 services on matters relating to the jurisdiction of the
  4 17 commission.  The commission shall cooperate and coordinate its
  4 18 activities with other state agencies to the highest possible
  4 19 degree.
  4 20    Sec. 12.  NEW SECTION.  216A.160  ANNUAL REPORT.
  4 21    Not later than February 1 of each year, the commission
  4 22 shall file a report with the governor and the general assembly
  4 23 of its activities for the previous calendar year.  With the
  4 24 report, the commission may submit any recommendations
  4 25 pertaining to its activities and shall submit recommendations
  4 26 for legislative consideration and other action it deems
  4 27 necessary.  
  4 28                           EXPLANATION
  4 29    This bill establishes a division on the status of Iowans of
  4 30 Asian and Pacific Islander heritage within the department of
  4 31 human rights.  The commission on the status of Iowans of Asian
  4 32 and Pacific Islander heritage is also created.  The commission
  4 33 consists of nine members, appointed by the governor and
  4 34 subject to senate confirmation.  Duties of the commission are
  4 35 specified.  
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