OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-499

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8010

File Copy No.: 467

House Calendar No.: 591

Senate Calendar No.: 354

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Revenue Gain

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dpt (Probation)

GF - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact.

Section 4 would result in a revenue gain to the state since it establishes a fee of $100 for an animal isolation facility license. The number of licensees who would apply for this fee cannot be anticipated at this time. This fee would not appy to any person who isolates fewer than seven animals in any calendar year or any person who imports a dog or cat for their individual ownership.

Section 5 makes it a violation of state law, punishable as an infraction1, for any person or entity to import into this state any dog or cat without an import permit.  Any General Fund revenue gain under this provision is anticipated to be minimal on an annual basis.

Section 6 makes it a violation of state law for any person who fails to follow the animal quarantine procedures enumerated in the amendment.  Under this section, a first offense would be punishable as an infraction; any subsequent offense would be punishable by a fine of up to $1, 000 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days.  To the extent that offenders are subject to incarceration or probation supervision in the community as a result of the bill, a potential cost to criminal justice agencies exists. 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.

Section 7 increases from $100 to $500 the criminal fine for any person who imports or exports for the purpose of selling a dog or cat under the age of eight weeks: this could result in minimal state revenue2.  This section also expands the scope of the existing crime to include importing or exporting a dog or cat under the age of eight weeks for purposes of adoption.  To the extent that offenders are subject to incarceration or probation supervision in the community as a result of the bill, a potential minimal cost to criminal justice agencies exists. 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.

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 total amount due for an infraction ranges from $75 to $136, depending upon the base fine amount established by judges of the Superior Court in accordance with CGS 54-164m.

2 There has been one conviction under this statute over the last six fiscal years.