OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6578

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR A CAPITAL FELONY.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7923

File Copy No.: 726

House Calendar No.: 479

Senate Calendar No.: 661

OFA Fiscal Note

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The amendment strikes the language of the bill and eliminates the significant savings indicated in the file copy. Instead, the amendment could generate significant savings by restricting habeas petitions (described below) .

The amendment places certain restrictions, including a statute of limitations, on the filing of habeas petitions by any offender. Approximately 24 staff members within the Divisions of Public Defender Services and Criminal Justice handle habeas petitions (600 new habeas petitions were filed in 2008 with approximately 1, 000 cases pending) . To the extent that the amendment reduces the caseload associated with habeas proceedings, it could generate significant state savings. For illustrative purposes, the annual cost of one attorney position is approximately $100, 000 including salary, fringe benefits and expenses.

To the extent that the amendment precludes certain litigation and accelerates imposition of the death penalty for any offender sentenced to such, the amendment could generate significant state savings associated with litigation and incarceration.

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.