OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-499

AN ACT CONCERNING A PET LEMON LAW AND THE RELEASE OF RABIES VACCINATION RECORDS TO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 6389)

House Calendar No. : 591

Senate Calendar No. : 354

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Department of Agriculture

GF - Cost

Potential Significant

Potential Significant

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes it a violation of state law, punishable by a fine of up to $100 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days, for any pet shop or kennel licensee to violate certain provisions of the bill. Any revenue from criminal fines or costs of probation supervision or incarceration under the bill are anticipated to be minimal on an annual basis.

The bill requires pet shops or kennel licensees to file a certificate of origin with the Department of Agriculture (DoAG) no later than two days after the sale of any cat or dog sold. To the extent the agency would be required to enforce this provision, costs could be incurred for additional staff resources. The extent to which the Department of Agriculture would be required to enforce the bill's provisions is unclear.

There are currently nine Animal Control Officers working for DoAG who enforce laws pertaining to: (1) the licensing and control of dogs; (2) the licensing and inspection of pet facilities and rabies control; (3) investigation of property damage, injury and nuisance caused by dogs; and (4) making arrests in association with complaints of animal cruelty.

Kennels are currently licensed by municipalities and it is unknown how many of them there are in the state. There are currently 115 pet shops licensed by the state, half of which sell dogs and/or cats.

Senate “A” replaces commercial kennels with kennel licensees and modifies the bill's certificate of origin requirement which results in the impact described above. Senate “A” also makes other changes which have no fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and subject to the extent DoAG is required to enforce the bill's provisions.

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. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.