OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6328

AN ACT CONCERNING CUSTOMER ACCESS TO RESTROOMS IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

63,000

63,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

32,000

32,000

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the state of approximately $95,000 as it would require the Department of Consumer Protection to act on complaints concerning access to restroom facilities in retail establishments. This would necessitate the hiring of one Special Investigator. There are over 4,000 such establishments in the state that would be subject to the provisions of the bill. The bill also results in a potential revenue gain through civil penalties imposed by the commissioner for violations of the bill's provisions.

The Out Years

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

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller on an actual cost basis. The following is provided for estimated costs associated with additional personnel. The estimated non-pension fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 25. 43%. Fringe benefit costs for new positions do not initially include pension costs as the state's pension contribution is based upon the 6/30/08 actuarial valuation for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) which certifies the contribution for FY 10 and FY 11. Therefore, new positions will not impact the state's pension contribution until FY 12 after the next scheduled certification on 6/30/2010.