OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6385

AN ACT CONCERNING REFORM OF THE PROBATE COURT SYSTEM.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8448

File Copy No.: 729

House Calendar No.: 474

Senate Calendar No.: 672

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Cost

200, 000-300, 000

200, 000-300, 000

Probate Court

PCAF - Savings

200, 000-300, 000

200, 000-300, 000

Note: GF=General Fund; PCAF=Probate Court Administration Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment eliminates the bill and associated fiscal impact. Instead, it makes the changes described below.

The amendment transfers from the Probate Court Administrator to the Chief Court Administrator the financial responsibility for probate courts that do not have sufficient income to meet the financial needs of the court. It also transfers from the Probate Court Administration Fund (PCAF) to the General Fund the cost of assisting such a probate court. This results in a significant cost to the Judicial Department and a corresponding savings to the PCAF.

It is estimated that approximately $200, 000-$300, 000 is required annually to support the financial needs of individual probate courts as described under the amendment.

Sources:

2007 Probate Court Financials

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.