OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5548

AN ACT CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4270

File Copy No.: 415

House Calendar No.: 332

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and the associated fiscal impact. The amendment makes various changes regarding domestic violence policy that do not result in a fiscal impact.

The amendment makes changes to policies regarding the Judicial Department including: extending restraining orders issued by the court, sending a copy of the order to any education institution the victim attends, creating an ineligibility for the pretrial family violence education program, and expanding restitution eligibility. It is anticipated that the Judicial Department will be able to implement these changes without the need for additional resources.

The amendment requires law enforcement agencies to develop guidelines based on the Task Force on Law Enforcement's Response to Family Violence model and submit an annual report to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) . The bill modifies what conduct constitutes 1st degree threatening and 1st degree stalking. In addition, the bill also requires the Office of State-wide Emergency Telecommunications to study changes to the state-wide emergency 9-1-1 system to allow communication through mobile devices. It is anticipated that DESPP and the local law enforcement agencies will be able to implement these changes without the need for additional resources.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.