OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5497

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' TASK FORCE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Judicial Department

GF - Cost

Approximately $46,000

Approximately $140,000

Judicial Department; Pub. Defender Serv. Com. ; Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits); Criminal Justice, Div.

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Judicial Dpt (Probation); Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Electronic Monitoring of Family Violence Offenders

The bill establishes a pilot program for the electronic monitoring of family violence offenders and requires the Chief Court Administrator to apply for federal grants to fund the program. The Judicial Department is currently using $140,000 in federal stimulus funds through the STOP Violence Against Women Act to track 21 high-risk offenders over the course of 12 months. Upon termination (March 2011) of the federal grant supporting the electronic monitoring, the state is expected to incur a cost to continue the pilot program that the bill requires. The FY 11 state cost is estimated to be $46,000; the annualized, ongoing cost in FY 12 is estimated at $140,000.

Family Violence Dockets

The bill allows the Judicial Department to establish a family violence docket in each Geographical Area court. It would cost approximately $1. 3 million to expand family violence dockets from the existing 8 Geographical Area courts to include the remaining 12 GA courts. (See the table below for details about the location of family/domestic violence dockets. ) This cost would be borne by several state agencies. Since no additional funding is provided to these agencies under sHB 5018 (AA Making Adjustments to State Expenditures and Revenues for FY 11, as favorably reported from the Appropriations Committee), the bill's expansion is not anticipated to occur until such time that resources allow.

Persistent Offenders

The bill eliminates the five-year look back period that would subject certain offenders to enhanced criminal penalties as persistent offenders. To the extent that this change increases the likelihood that offenders would be prosecuted or receive harsher penalties, a potential revenue gain from criminal fines and potential cost for incarceration and/or probation supervision in the community exist. It is anticipated that relatively few fines would be imposed on an annual basis, and, consequently, any revenue gain under the bill is expected to be minimal. On average, it costs the state $3,736 to supervise an offender on probation in the community as compared to $47,425 to incarcerate the offender.

Leave for Victims of Family Violence

Lastly, the bill requires employers, including the state and municipalities, to allow family violence victims to take paid or unpaid leave in order to do any of the following: (1) seek medical care or counseling for physical or psychological injury or disability; (2) obtain services from a victim services organization; (3) relocate due to the family violence; or (4) participate in any civil or criminal proceeding related to or resulting from family violence. This change has no fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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