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File #: 18-0223    Version: 0 Name: Equity Assessment Program
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 4/16/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 8/10/2018
Enactment #: 18-160
Title: Equity Assessment Program For the purpose of providing for the implementation of an Equity Assessment Program for Baltimore City, to be developed and overseen by the Department of Planning; requiring City agencies to assess existing and proposed policies and practices for disparate outcomes based on race, gender, or income and to proactively develop policies, practices, and investments to prevent and redress those disparate outcomes; defining certain terms; providing for the adoption of rules and regulations to carry out this Program; requiring certain notices and reports; and generally relating to the goal of eliminating structural and institutional racism and other forms of discrimination based on immutable characteristics.
Sponsors: Brandon M. Scott, Shannon Sneed, Bill Henry, President Young, Ryan Dorsey, John T. Bullock, Kristerfer Burnett, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Zeke Cohen, Sharon Green Middleton, Edward Reisinger, Robert Stokes, Sr., Mary Pat Clarke, Eric T. Costello
Indexes: Assessment, Equity, Program
Attachments: 1. 18-0223~1st Reader, 2. FPERS 18-0223, 3. ECB 18-0223, 4. ERS 18-0223, 5. Planning 18-0223, 6. Law 18-0223, 7. Sustainability Commission 18-0223, 8. HCD 18-0223, 9. BMZA 18-0223, 10. Health 18-0223, 11. DOT 18-0223, 12. DPW 18-0223, 13. Fire 18-0223, 14. Police 18-0223, 15. Labor 18-0223, 16. Parking 18-0223, 17. Rec and Parks 18-0223, 18. CHAP 18-0223, 19. Ethics 18-0223, 20. Finance 18-0223, 21. BCIT 18-0223, 22. HR 18-0223, 23. DGS 18-0223, 24. MOED 18-0223, 25. Comptroller 18-0223, 26. MOHS 18-0223, 27. Wage Commission 18-0223, 28. 2nd Reader Amendment 18-0223, 29. 18-0223~3rd Reader, 30. Completed File_18-0223, 31. BDC 18-0223
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9/17/20180 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/9/20180 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20180 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20180 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/20180 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/20180 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Parking Authority Board  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Wage Commission  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Fire and Police Employees' Retirement System  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Labor Commissioner  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Environmental Control Board  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Board of Ethics  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Mayor's Office of Information Technology  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Health  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Recreation and Parks  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Planning Commission  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/16/20180 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/20180 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

 

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmembers Scott and Sneed                                                                             

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

Equity Assessment Program

For the purpose of providing for the implementation of an Equity Assessment Program for Baltimore City, to be developed and overseen by the Department of Planning; requiring City agencies to assess existing and proposed policies and practices for disparate outcomes based on race, gender, or income and to proactively develop policies, practices, and investments to prevent and redress those disparate outcomes; defining certain terms; providing for the adoption of rules and regulations to carry out this Program; requiring certain notices and reports; and generally relating to the goal of eliminating structural and institutional racism and other forms of discrimination based on immutable characteristics.

body

 

By adding

Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Executive Agencies

Section(s) 39-1 to 39-12, to be under the new subtitle designation,

“Subtitle 39.  Equity Assessment Program”

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 1.  Mayor, City Council, and Executive Agencies

 

                     Subtitle 39Equity Assessment Program

 

§ 39-1.  Definitions.

 

(a)  In general.

 

In this subtitle, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

 

(b)  Agency.

 

Agency means any department, authority, office, board, commission, council, committee, or other unit of the City government.

 

(c) Director.

 

Director means the Director of the Baltimore City Department of Planning or that Directors designee.

 

(d) Equity assessment.

 

Equity assessment means a systematic process of identifying policies and practices that may be implemented to identify and redress disparate outcomes on the basis of race, gender, or income.

 

(e)                     Gender.

 

Gender means actual or perceived sex and includes a persons gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth.

 

§ 39-2.  Rules and regulations.

 

(a)  In general.

 

The Director, with the approval of the Planning Commission, may adopt rules and regulations to carry out this subtitle.

 

(b)  Filing with Legislative Reference.

 

A copy of all rules and regulations must be filed with the Department of Legislative Reference before they take effect.

 

§§ 39-3 to 39-5.  {Reserved}

 

§ 39-6Program initiated.

 

The Director, with the approval of the Planning Commission, shall develop, adopt, and oversee an Equity Assessment Program that requires City agencies to:

 

(1)                     proactively develop policies, practices, and strategic investments to reverse disparity trends based on race, gender, or income;

 

(2)                     act to eliminate structural and institutional racism and discrimination of all kinds based on immutable characteristics to ensure that outcomes and opportunities for all people are no longer predicable based on those characteristics;

 

(3)                     develop and implement an equity action plan to incorporate and embed equity principles and strategies into City operations, programs, services, and policies; and

 

(4)                     conduct equity assessments of existing and proposed City actions and policies.

 

§ 39-7Notice of Planning Commission meetings.

 

The Planning Commission shall give to each member of the City Council at least 5 days written notice of any Commission meeting at which the Commission proposes to consider approving:

 

(1)                     the adoption of or amendment to the Equity Assessment Program; or

 

(2)                     any rule or regulation adopted or amended under this subtitle.

 

§ 39-8.  Agency implementation - In general.

 

The program shall require each City agency, in cooperation with the Director, to:

 

(1)                     identify an equity coordinator who will be responsible for managing that agencys participation in the Equity Assessment Program;

 

(2)                     conduct equity assessments of the agencys existing and proposed practices and policies; and

 

(3)                     develop and implement a plan to address any disparate outcomes based on race, gender, or income that have been identified by the agencys assessments.

 

§ 39-9.  Agency implantation - Bill reports.

 

Whenever an agency reports to the City Council on a proposed ordinance or resolution, the agency shall include in that report the results of an equity assessment of the proposals impact on its operations.

 

§ 39-10.  Agency implementation - Capital budget scoring.

 

The Director shall conduct an equity assessment on any proposed capital budget and score the proposed projects based on that assessment.

 

§ 39-11.   Annual Equity Report.

 

(a)  In general.

 

On or before June 30 of each year, the Director shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and the City Council an annual Equity Report.

 

(b)  Contents.

 

The Report shall include:

 

(1)                     an assessment of progress towards achievement of the goals of the Equity Assessment Program;

 

(2)                     an assessment of the current scope of agency compliance;

 

(3)                     a discussion of any disparate outcomes identified through equity assessments of existing City policies or procedures;

 

(4)                     recommended steps to address the identified disparate outcomes; and

 

(5)                     an update on progress towards eliminating previously identified disparities and implementing actions recommended in past reports.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That the catchlines contained in this Ordinance are not law and may not be considered to have been enacted as a part of this or any prior Ordinance.

 

Section 3.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.