HJ 604 Study; acclimation of Commonwealth's ethnically diverse population.
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Summary as passed:
Study; acclimation of the Commonwealth's ethnically diverse population. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the acclimation of the Commonwealth's ethnically diverse populations. The Commission is specifically directed to (i) identify the potential needs for State, regional, and local government services to the immigrant populations in the Commonwealth that are unique or typically exceed those of the total general population; (ii) examine the benefits and the costs of the major immigrant populations to the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth's economy; (iii) review federal government policies and programs that affect the immigrant populations in the Commonwealth and that could have an impact on State or local initiatives; (iv) examine options for local, regional, and State governments to facilitate acclimation of the immigrant populations into the Commonwealth's economy and social fabric while preserving ethnic and cultural identity (including a review of initiatives other states have taken in assisting ethnically diverse populations); and (v) recommend changes in the Commonwealth's laws and regulations, as appropriate, to ensure equal opportunity for all ethnic groups.


Summary as introduced:
Study; acclimation of the Commonwealth's ethnically diverse population. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the acclimation of the Commonwealth's ethnically diverse populations. The Commission is specifically directed to (i) identify the potential needs for State, regional, and local government services to the immigrant populations in the Commonwealth that are unique or typically exceed those of the total general population; (ii) examine the benefits and the costs of the major immigrant populations to the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth's economy; (iii) review federal government policies and programs that affect the immigrant populations in the Commonwealth and that could have an impact on State or local initiatives; (iv) examine options for local, regional, and State governments to facilitate acclimation of the immigrant populations into the Commonwealth's economy and social fabric while preserving ethnic and cultural identity (including a review of initiatives other states have taken in assisting ethnically diverse populations); and (v) recommend changes in the Commonwealth's laws and regulations, as appropriate, to ensure equal opportunity for all ethnic groups.