OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-687

AN ACT CONCERNING AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

UConn

GF - Cost

120,000

120,000

CT State Univ.

GF - Cost

360,000

360,000

Colleges, Regional Comm. -Tech.

GF - Cost

741,600

720,000

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

304,320

703,560

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - None

None

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill results in no additional costs to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). Although the bill requires that licensed health clubs, as a condition of licensure, maintain at least one automatic external defibrillator (AED) it is anticipated that the DCP can check for such equipment upon complaint or in the investigation of other complaints.

Section 2 of the bill requires that the athletic departments of institutions of higher education provide and maintain at least one automatic external defibrillator (AED). Additionally, each institution of higher education must ensure that at least one licensed athletic trainer be on the premises during hours of operation.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) and the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) currently own and maintain AEDs, and would not incur an additional cost to comply with the equipment provision contained in the bill. However, both UConn and CSUS operate several athletic programs and activities, which would require oversight by a licensed athletic trainer.

It is anticipated that UConn would require two additional athletic trainers, with a combined annual salary of $120,0002 (plus fringe benefits of $30,432 in the first year, and $70,356 for each subsequent year). Additionally, it is anticipated that CSUS would require six additional athletic trainers, for the four regional campus locations, at an annual combined salary of $360,000 (plus fringe benefits of 91,296 in the first year, and $211,068 for each subsequent year).

The Regional-Community Technical Colleges (CTC) do not currently own or maintain AEDs, and would be required to purchase twelve3 (at an average cost of $1,800 per unit) for a total cost of $21,600. Additionally, the CTC's would require one certified athletic trainer at each of the twelve locations, for a combined annual salary of $720,000 (plus fringe benefits of $182,592 in the first year, and $422,136 for each subsequent year).

Section 3 of the bill does not result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation, except for the equipment cost of purchasing the AEDs for the CTC's, which would be one-time in nature.

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%.

2 The annual average salary for one licensed athletic trainer is approximately $60,000.

3 One AED for each CTC location.