OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6976

AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANNING.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 8019), House "B" (LCO 8012)

House Calendar No. : 423

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 06 $

FY 07 $

Policy & Mgmt. , Off.

GF - See Below

None

See Below

Judicial Dept.

CICF - Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund; CICF=Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill creates the Criminal Justice Policy Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) to develop a plan for a more cohesive state criminal justice system, beginning in FY 07. It is anticipated that implementation of this bill will require six additional positions and associated expenses. The budget bill, sHB 6940, as passed by the House, contains partial year funding in FY07, $200,000 total, for this purpose in a newly established agency (the Office of Criminal Justice Policy and Planning) rather than the Office of Policy and Management. The annualized state cost of the agency is about $400,000.

The bill eliminates the six year time limit for any victim or victim’s family to apply for compensation subsequent to the victim’s personal injury or death. Any resulting cost to the criminal injuries compensation fund, which is supported primarily by surcharges on certain crimes and motor vehicle violations, is anticipated to be minimal as few claims are expected under the bill. The median amount of compensation award per victim is about $1,800.

House Amendment “A” made various changes that have no fiscal impact.

House Amendment “B” made the change concerning victim compensation, which results in a minimal cost.

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 House thereof for any purpose.