OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6618

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STATUTES.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Public Health, Dept. (DPH)

GF - Revenue Gain

11,620

11,620

Administered by DPH

SCRF – Potential Cost

See below

See below

Note: GF=General Fund, SCRF=Stem Cell Research Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in an annual General Fund revenue gain of $11,620, in response to increasing existing civil penalties and creating a new fee. It also results in a potential cost to the Stem Cell Research Fund (SCRF), as it authorizes the Department of Public Health (DPH) to establish compensation for Stem Cell Research Peer Committee members. Further detail regarding these impacts is provided below:

Section 18 increases the first-time offense civil penalty from $500 to $1,000 for any person who runs a youth camp without a license, and the penalty for a second or subsequent offense from $750 to $1,500. It is anticipated that approximately three first-time offense citations for illegal operation of a youth camp will be issued and settled for the full civil penalty each year, resulting in $1,500 paid annually. Repeat offenders are not anticipated.

Section 20 establishes a fee of $20 to accompany approval application forms for individuals seeking to act as an assistant or substitute staff member to a person or entity maintaining a family day care home. Currently, DPH receives 266 initial applications and 240 renewal applications for approval each year. As such, an annual General Fund revenue gain of $10,120 is anticipated.

Section 22 authorizes compensation for Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee members from the SCRF. This will reduce the SCRF by an amount that has not yet been determined by the Commissioner of Public Health. As of 3/31/2011, the uncommitted balance of the Stem Cell Research Fund was $48,901. The SCRF will receive an FY 11 distribution of $10 million from the Tobacco Settlement Fund before the end of the fiscal year1.

Other provisions of the bill do not result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to revenue collected from civil penalties, family day care home staff approval application fees, and compensation established for Stem Cell Research Peer Committee members.

1 Distributions from the Tobacco Settlement Fund are typically made in April.