OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5209

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE LAND WHERE HUNTING IS PERMITTED.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7958

File Copy No.: 495

House Calendar No.: 316

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Judicial Dpt (Probation) ; Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment lowers the blood alcohol content level necessary to convict someone of carrying a firearm while intoxicated or hunting while intoxicated.1 To the extent that offenders are prosecuted criminally and subsequently convicted or plead guilty, the state could incur a cost associated with incarceration and/or probation supervision in the community. On average, it costs the state $3, 736 to supervise an offender on probation in the community as compared to $44, 165 to incarcerate the offender. Any revenue gain from criminal fines imposed is anticipated to be minimal.

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.

1 The maximum penalty for an offense is a fine of $1, 000 and/or six months in prison. Between 2002 and 2007, there were 18 convictions under CGS 53-206d(a) , which covers carrying a firearm while intoxicated, and zero convictions under CGS 53-206d(b) , which provides the penalty for hunting while intoxicated.