OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1017

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EMERGENCY PLANS OF OPERATIONS OF SHORELINE COMMUNITIES AND THE DESIGNATION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS HAZARD AND SECURITY ZONES.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Attorney General

GF - Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Legislative Mgmt.

GF - Cost

0 - 10,000

0 - 10,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Municipalities located on the shoreline

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill requires the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to prepare, with technical assistance from the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), written recommendations concerning the designations of a hazard zone and security zone around any liquefied natural gas terminal located or proposed to be located on Long Island Sound that will affect Connecticut. The development of these recommendations can be done at minimal cost to the OAG.

The OAG must submit its recommendations to the legislative and executive branches for their approval.

Holding a public hearing and committee meeting during regular session has no fiscal impact. If not in session, a public hearing and a committee meeting will result in minor costs to Legislative Management for legislator mileage reimbursements (currently 48. 5 cents per mile). Subsequently, the emergency plans or recommendations must be forwarded for a vote by the full General Assembly. If such a plan or recommendation were voted on by the General Assembly during regular session, no additional costs would be incurred. However, if this necessitated a special session, additional costs of $10,000 per session day would result for sessional staff, printing and legislator mileage reimbursements.

The bill requires municipalities located on the shoreline to include in their local emergency plan of operations, provisions for addressing an emergency caused by a liquefied natural gas facility. The additional requirements on municipalities could result in a minimal cost to municipalities associated with hiring specialists and potential overtime to address the additional provision. The bill is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to DEMHS.

The Out Years

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