OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5852

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTROL OF LYME DISEASE.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6400

File Copy No.: 723

House Calendar No.: 199

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Police Officer Std. & Training Council

Animal Control Officer Training Account - See Below

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Department of Agriculture

GF - See Below

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Various Municipalities

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Explanation

The amendment allows the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) , in consultation with the Department of Agriculture (DoAG) , to establish a training and certification program for animal control officers within available appropriations. The establishment of such a program would require POST to reallocate $65, 000 in FY 09 and FY 10 since there is no funding in the FY 09 budget for this purpose.

In order to fund the training program specified in the amendment, POST would need to hire one full-time Training Officer. It is estimated that this would cost $81, 500 in FY 09 ($65, 000 to POST and $16, 500 to the Comptroller's fringe benefit account) and $103, 100 in FY 10 ($65, 000 to POST and $38, 100 to the Comptroller's fringe benefit account) .

POST currently employs a Curriculum Manager who would develop the initial 80-hour training course and a retraining program in consultation with the DoAG at no additional cost to the Council. Additionally, the issuance, review, and revocation of training certificates would be performed by POST's Certification Office at no additional cost.

The Department of Agriculture would be able to accommodate the requirements of the amendment within current resources and at no additional cost to the state.

There are currently 290 municipal animal control officers or individuals in the state. The amendment specifies that those hired on or after July 1, 2008 would be required to complete the training course and be certified by POST no later than two years after appointment; those employed in Connecticut for five years since July 1, 1997 would be required to complete the retraining program in order to attain certification. Both the initial training course and retraining program specified in the amendment would be provided by POST at no cost to municipalities.

None of the foregoing requirements would apply to an animal control officer appointed in a municipality with a population of less than 15, 000.

It is unclear whether the amendment is a state mandate as it requires that all persons appointed as an animal control officer must have satisfactorily completed the POST training and certification program, however it does not require POST to establish that program. To the extent that POST does establish such a program, there is a potential minimal cost to municipalities with populations of greater than 15, 000 associated with overtime costs incurred when a municipal animal control officer is attending the 80-hour training course and an alternative animal control officer is needed to temporarily cover that officer's shift(s) .

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.