OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5321

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5822

File Copy No.: 743

House Calendar No.: 27

Senate Calendar No.: 483

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Judicial Department (Probation) ; Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Office of State Ethics

GF - Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)

GF, State Employees Retirement Fund

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

Various Municipalities

See Below

Explanation

The revocation or reduction of retirement benefits permitted under the amendment may result in a savings to the state employee retirement system and the municipal employee retirement system, which are administered by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) . The potential savings to the retirement systems is dependent upon the degree to which retirement benefits are reduced or revoked.

In instances where a state retirement benefit is revoked, there would also be a savings to the state's retiree health insurance account since eligibility for retiree health insurance is tied to eligibility for a retirement benefit. Additionally, when a person's retirement benefit is revoked, the amendment specifies that they are entitled to a refund of their contributions without interest. This would reduce the retirement fund savings for those employees who contributed to their pensions. It would not impact the savings associated with Tier II members of the state employees retirement system, since that tier is noncontributory.

There could potentially be actuarial consulting costs to the OSC, which would be dependent on the volume of cases associated with the implementation of any reductions or revocations of retirement benefits.

The amendment also makes it a crime, punishable by a fine of up to $2, 000 and/or a prison term of up to 1 year, for any public servant to fail to report bribery. Any revenue gain from criminal fines under the amendment would be minimal. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted criminally and subsequently convicted or plead guilty, the state could incur a cost associated with incarceration and/or probation supervision in the community. On average, it costs the state $3, 736 to supervise an offender on probation in the community as compared to $44, 165 to incarcerate the offender.

The Citizens' Advisory Board has 9 members, of which 6 must be present to vote on the determination of a violation and impose penalties at the conclusion of a hearing. The amendment requires at least 6 voting members of the board be physically present for the duration of a hearing. The members are compensated $200 per hearing. To the extent that this provision increases the number of members at hearings, a minimal cost would be incurred.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing cost of incarceration and probation identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation; the annualized revenue gain from criminal fines would remain relatively stable since fine amounts are set by statute.

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 chamber thereof for any purpose.