OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5781

AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY AND PLANNING AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SENTENCING TASK FORCE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 5696)

House Calendar No. : 338

Senate Calendar No. : 526

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: Minimal fiscal impact

Municipal Impact: None

The bill requires the OPM's new Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, rather than various other agencies, to develop and report certain planning activities. It also creates a Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission in place of the PJOC and adds certain members and additional duties to it. This could result in additional minimal administrative costs and savings to the various agencies involved.

The bill establishes a Connecticut Sentencing Task Force to review criminal justice and sentencing policies and laws of this state. The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2008. The Task Force could fulfill its duties under the bill at minimal (i. e, less than $50,000) cost.

House Amendment “A” struck the original language of the bill and eliminated the significant costs associated with it.

The Out Years

State Impact: The minimal, on-going fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Municipal Impact: None

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.