OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5746

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5541

File Copy No.: 241

House Calendar No.: 145

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Department of Transportation

TF - Cost

208, 400

210, 000

Department of Transportation

TF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: TF=Transportation Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes the language in the bill and removes the fiscal impact stated in the file copy.

A section by section fiscal impact of the amendment is presented below.

Sections 1 and 2 establish a new fee equal to the fine imposed for certain motor vehicle violations; the amendment's fee would be imposed when these violations occur in a traffic incident management zone. Based on estimated revenues generated under existing laws that double fines for violations that occur in utility and construction zones, as well as school zones, it is anticipated that the amendment would generate less than $200, 000 annually.

Sections 8 through 10 establish a grant-in-aid program for harbor improvement projects but does not provide any funding resources.

The Department of Transportation has established and filled two positions (one Maritime Manager and one Dredging Project Coordinator) for this program as outlined in the provisions of the amendment. Therefore, at this time, the agency does not require additional staff and can perform the requirements in the amendment within existing resources.

Section 15 results in a cost to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop and implement a statewide “Share the Road” public awareness campaign. The cost in FY 09 is estimated to be $200, 000 to develop and implement the campaign.

The requirement that the “Share the Road” public awareness campaign be developed within available appropriations will likely result in one of four outcomes: (1) DOT will proceed with the development of the campaign, and will require a deficiency appropriation during FY 09; (2) DOT will delay the implementation of the campaign pending the approval of additional appropriations to meet this mandate in future fiscal years; (3) DOT will shift administrative resources from other department priorities, thereby impacting existing departmental programs; or (4) DOT will not implement the campaign. In the event that the department does not implement the “Share the Road” public awareness campaign, it is not clear to what extent the lack of the campaign will impede the implementation of the other aspects of the amendment.

Sections 18 through 29 makes various corrections to renaming of bridges and roads enacted in previous sessions. There is a potential cost of up to $8, 400 to the DOT to replace signs already installed with the correct information. A pair of signs, on the average, cost $700, one for each side of the road.

Other sections in this amendment are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the Department of Transportation.

The Out Years

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

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.