OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5781

AN ACT CONCERNING CERTIFICATES OF EMPLOYABILITY AND REHABILITATION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 07 $

FY 08 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

50,00-60,000

50,000-60,000

Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Significant

Significant

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

121,047

116,084

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)

GF - Cost

Significant

Significant

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a significant cost to the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP), within the Department of Correction (DOC). The bill allows the BPP to issue a certificate of employability to a convicted state resident. The potential applicant pool could include 50,000 probationers and 2,500 current parolees, as well as others not currently under supervision.

The bill allows the BPP to assign staff members to investigate the potential applicant, and submit a report, prior to granting a certificate. Applicants eligible for a certificate can dispute any part of the report, and are also allowed to comment on the report. Since the potential applicant pool is so sizeable, the BPP would require additional staff, potentially including additional Parole Officers (average annual salary of $58,000). The extent of the number of staff needed and the amount of cost cannot be determined at this time, but is anticipated to be significant.

The bill also requires that state agencies, who issue licenses, collect certain data on the number of eligible offenders. Certain state agencies including the Department of Health and the Department of Consumer Protection would incur a minimal cost associated with this task; other state agencies would incur a work load increase, but would not incur a fiscal impact.

The Department of Public Health will incur a one-time cost of $35,000 - $45,000 to retain computer consultant services needed to modify the agency's licensure database so as to capture data required within Section 4 of the bill. An additional $15,000 will be incurred to produce new licensure application forms. The agency licenses or certifies approximately 181,000 individuals under 94 professional categories.

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) processes a significant number of license applications each year, a percentage of which are from inmates and those who have just been released from jail. The additional requirements under the bill would result in a total state cost of $151,117 in FY 07. It is anticipated that DCP would incur costs related to one Hearings Attorney (annual salary of $70,077), one Paralegal Specialist (annual salary of $44,258), and costs in Other Expenses and Equipment for office supplies and software. 1 The costs are displayed in the table below:

Description

FY 07 ($)

FY 08 ($)

Personal Services

114,334

114,334

Other Expenses

2,880

1,750

Equipment

3,833

 
     

TOTAL

121,047

116,084

The bill also authorizes the BPP to issue provisional pardons, to certain qualifying individuals. The granting of provisional pardons is anticipated to result in a work load increase, but is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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

1 The estimated first year fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 23. 6%, effective July 1, 2005. The first year fringe benefit costs for new positions do not include pension costs. The state's pension contribution is based upon the prior year's certification by the actuary for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). The SERS 2005-06 fringe benefit rate is 34. 7%, which when combined with the non pension fringe benefit rate would total 58. 3%.