OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5650

AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD PRODUCT SAFETY.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 5203)

House Calendar No. : 142

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

160,000

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

Potential

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

None

See Below

Department of Environmental Protection

GF - Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the Department of Consumer Protection of approximately $160,000 in FY 10. The cost in FY 10 includes two Consumer Protection Inspectors ($109,000) plus other expenses ($14,000) and one-time equipment ($37,000). The cost of personnel and other expenses will continue into FY 11 and beyond. The additional personnel and related equipment is necessary due to the increased standards for lead safety contained within the bill. Additional fringe benefit costs of approximately $63,000 per year are associated with the two positions.

Under law (Section 22a-1i CGS), the Department of Public Health (DPH) is designated as the lead state agency responsible for the risk assessment of human health regarding toxic substances. Should the Department of Consumer Protection seek significant and/or frequent consultative services from the DPH when compiling the list of toxic substances required within Section 4, the department would require at most one Toxicologist to research chemicals in children's products that may be toxic. The partial year cost associated with a full-time position would be $57,444 in FY 10 (including other expenses and equipment), plus fringe benefits of $14,247.

The bill also requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to participate in an interstate clearinghouse within available appropriations. Costs associated with the clearinghouse would be minimal. sHB 5021, the budget bill as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, includes $250,000 in FY 09 for DEP to participate in the clearinghouse.

House “A” (LCO 5203) moved the effective date out one year thus delaying costs until FY 10 for the DCP and the DPH. Additionally House “A” added language concerning the interstate clearinghouse and results in the impact to the DEP as stated above.

The Out Years

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

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller. The first year fringe benefit costs for new positions do not include pension costs. The estimated first year fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 25. 36%. 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 fringe benefit rate is 33. 27%, which when combined with the rate for non-pension fringe benefits totals 58. 63%.