OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5802

AN ACT ADOPTING CERTAIN SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE THOMAS COMMISSION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than $5,000

Less than $5,000

Public Safety, Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) to meet with and receive comments from specified state agencies when considering applications to build power plants. This has no fiscal impact on the CSC or the other various agencies.

The bill establishes a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of no more than six months for the use of flammable gas to clean gas piping at a natural gas facility, which will result in a potential revenue gain of less than $5,000 to the General Fund. The estimate assumes that the establishment of a fine and/or imprisonment for this offense will increase the likelihood that an estimated 10 offenders annually would be prosecuted and receive harsher penalties than under current law. 1

It is anticipated that the number of additional offenders placed on probation would be less than 10, and would not result in additional resources being required by the Judicial Department. An additional 10 offenders placed on adult probation would represent a 0. 02% increase to the overall adult probation open supervision caseload.

The bill also results in a revenue gain to the Code Training Fund under the Department of Public Safety. The actual revenue gain can not be determined because the bill does not specify a fee amount.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 In 2010, zero convictions were made for this offense, as it was not specified in statute as a fine and/or term of imprisonment.