OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5781

AN ACT CONCERNING CERTIFICATES OF EMPLOYABILITY AND REHABILITATION.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4986

File Copy No.: 503

House Calendar No.: 338

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 07 $

FY 08 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

50, 00-60, 000

None

Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential Significant

Potential 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

The amendment could result in a significant cost to the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) , within the Department of Correction (DOC) . The amendment allows the BPP to issue a provisional pardon 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 amendment allows the BPP to assign staff members to investigate the potential applicant, and submit a report, prior to receiving a provisional pardon. 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 amendment also requires that state agencies, who issue licenses, collect certain data on the number of eligible offenders. Certain state agencies including the Department of Public Health and the Department of Consumer Protection would incur a 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 in the amendment. 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 amendment 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

     

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%.