Analysis

Synopsis:

 Senate Bill 230 (SB 230) requires each state agency or state entity to develop and implement policies to identify, assess and decrease institutional racism. SB 230 provides criteria by which state agencies will implement policies. SB 230 provides duties for the state personnel office.

Analysis:

 Senate Bill 230 (SB 230) creates new law that requires the development of policies to decrease institutional racism. SB 230 provides a definition for Institutional Racism.

State Personnel Office:

SB 230 requires the state personnel office, on or before December 31 of each year, to: 
•	(1) conduct an evaluation of race as self-identified by applicants, candidates and employees who are subject to the Personnel Act as related to hiring, promotion, retention and pay;
•	(2) develop policies to identify, assess, reduce and prevent inequities due to institutional racism in hiring, promotion and pay for those agencies with positions to which the provisions of the Personnel Act apply; 
•	(3) conduct an analysis of state government employment datasets of race as self-identified by employees to track progress towards ending institutional racism; and 
•	(4) develop and provide anti-institutional racism training for all employees subject to the Personnel Act. 

State Agency or State Entity:

SB 230 requires each state agency or state entity receiving state funding, on or before December 31 of each year, to:
•	submit a plan to the appropriate interim committee dealing with courts, corrections and justice, the Legislative Finance Committee, and the legislature to address institutional racism as a part of the annual final budget or request for proposals submission for that agency or state entity. 

SB 230 requires each state agency or state entity receiving state funding, in fulfilling the requirements of this subsection, to: 
•	(1) assess its anti-institutional racism policies in hiring, promotion, retention, pay equity, community engagement, and workplace participation; 
•	(2) create steps in its hiring and promotion processes that incorporate the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion; 
•	(3) include a prominent statement on all job advertisements and annual reviews that: (a) clearly articulates the state's commitment to reducing and preventing institutional racism, and (b) states that all employees are required to participate in anti-institutional racism training; and 
•	(4) provide aggregate demographic statistics for all employees, including race for those employees who self-identify. 

New Definition:

Institutional Racism means actions that result in differential access to the goods, services, and opportunities of society due to the existence of institutional programs, policies and practices that intentionally or unintentionally place certain racial and ethnic groups at a disadvantage in relation to other groups.

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