OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-349

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR POSSESSION OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6949

File Copy No.: 700

Senate Calendar No.: 479

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

75, 000-100, 000

75, 000-100, 000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The amendment requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to study and conduct a survey on whether the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana results in an increase in the rate of marijuana usage by school students. The department must conduct the survey according to grade level as of October 1, 2009, 2011, and 2014, and must report its findings by the following January 1st of each year. It is anticipated that it will cost SDE between $75, 000 and $100, 000 to develop, implement, and administer the survey each year that it is required to do so.

Additionally, the amendment results in a state mandate to local and regional school districts as individual school districts would be required to administer and collect the surveys. Under the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C. 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98) students cannot be required to participate in such a survey and districts would have to obtain parental consent before minor students could participate. It is anticipated that this would result in a cost to local and regional school districts. The additional cost incurred by the school district would be dependent upon its size, and the ability to which the district is able to disseminate and collect permission from parents.

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.