OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-207

AN ACT CONCERNING RECENT INCREASES IN HUNTING, FISHING LICENSES, CAMPING AND STATE PARK ADMISSION FEES, INCREASING CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE FINES AND AUTHORIZING THE HUNTING OF DEER BY PISTOL OR REVOLVER.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Department of Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Loss

6,620,227

6,620,227

Department of Motor Vehicles

GF; TF - Revenue Gain

4,225,000

4,225,000

Note: GF=General Fund; TF = Transportation Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which decreases several sportsman's fees, caps camping and state park fees, and increases certain motor vehicle fines, results in a net revenue loss to the state of approximately $2. 4 million.

Sections 2-16 decrease various Department of Environmental Protection sportsmen fees resulting in a General Fund revenue loss of $3,298,939.

Sections 17-30 result in a net revenue gain to the state of $4,225,000. These sections increase various Department of Motor Vehicle fines and establish a new operator's permit for certain persons, resulting in a General Fund revenue gain of $2,900,000 and a Transportation Fund revenue gain of $1,325,000.

Section 31 results in a net revenue loss of $1,319,797. This section reduces camping fees for residents by 120% of the fees that were in effect as of April 1, 2009. This results in a net revenue loss of $1,280,751. This section also increases camping fees for nonresidents by 150% of current fees. Due to the elasticity of demand1, increasing nonresident camping fees is anticipated to result in a revenue loss of approximately $37,046.

Section 33 results in a net revenue loss of $2,001,491. This section decreases fees for parking, admission, boat launching, state parks and forests, and other state recreational facilities for residents by 120% of the fees that were in effect as of April 1, 2009. This results in a revenue loss of approximately $1,654,632. This section also decreases fees for the same purposes for nonresidents by 150% of the fees that were in effect as of April 1, 2009, resulting in a revenue loss of approximately $346,858.

Sections 34-36 make technical changes to ensure that the Department of Environmental Protection continues to receive approximately $7. 0 million in federal funds from the Wildlife Restoration Act, Sport Fish Restoration Act, and State Wildlife Grants. In FY 10, Conservation Fund costs were shifted to the General Fund. The agency must report that revenues generated by the sale of fish and wildlife licenses, permits, tags, and stamps are used exclusively in support of fish and wildlife programs managed by the department's Bureau of Natural Resources.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of: 1) sportsman's licenses; 2) motor vehicle infractions; 3) resident and nonresident camping reservations; and 4) resident and nonresident state park and admissions.

1 Elasticity of demand measures the rate of response of quantity of a product or service demanded due to a price or fee change.