OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5246

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF, AND SERVICES FOR, VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Social Services, Dept.

GF – Appropriation

2. 25 million

2. 25 million

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 6 appropriates $2. 25 million to the Department of Social Services (DSS) for the purpose of providing on-site staffing at domestic violence shelters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any state commitment up to this amount could be offset in any given year by any additional private or federal funds that shelters may receive for these services. For example, in November, 2009, $1 million in federal stimulus funds were awarded to expand staff at five domestic violence shelters to enable them to operate full time. Currently, DSS provides grants totaling $2. 4 million to the various domestic violence shelters.

Section 1 requires the Commissioners of Social Services and Public Health to distribute certain funds for shelter services for victims of household abuse by October 15th annually. These funds are from a surcharge on marriage licenses. Although this requirement may alter the fiscal year in which such funds are disbursed, it is not expected to have an overall fiscal impact. This section also specifies that the state agencies may not retain any funds for administrative purposes, which has no fiscal impact as neither agency currently retains such funding.

Sections 2 through 5 and 8 make changes to tenant/landlord law when the tenant is a victim of family violence. There is no direct state fiscal impact from these changes.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.