OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6572

AN ACT CONCERNING BANNING BISPHENOL-A IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND FOOD PRODUCTS AND PROHIBITING CERTAIN ALTERNATIVE SUBSTANCES.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

92,000

56,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

24,000

32,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) of approximately $116,000 in FY 10 with an ongoing cost of $88,000 thereafter. The DCP will need one Product Safety Inspector (funded at three-quarter year in FY 10) plus testing equipment. The testing equipment will cost an estimated $50,000 in FY 10. The annual cost of the Product Safety Inspector would be $56,000 plus associated fringe benefits. The Product Safety Inspector would be needed to inspect, identify and test for prohibited substances and to ensure after October 2011 that the industry is complying with the conspicuous labeling requirement.

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.