OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-427

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF HAND-HELD MOBILE TELEPHONES AND MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICES BY MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 4381)

House Calendar No. : 517

Senate Calendar No. : 164

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

165,000

220,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

260,000

345,000

Explanation

This bill would generate a revenue gain of approximately $220,000 annually for the state and a revenue gain of approximately $345,000 annually1 for various municipalities due to:

1. the replacement of the $100 maximum for all offenses with fines of $100 for the first violation, $150 for a second violation, and $200 for a third and subsequent violations;

2. the elimination of the suspension of a fine for a first time violator who subsequent to the violation acquired a hands-free phone accessory.

Under the bill municipalities will receive 25% of the revenue gained from each summons they issue for such a violation. Additional revenue gained by the state will sufficiently cover this remittance to municipalities, resulting in the net revenue gain for the state as mentioned above.

These estimates will vary depending on the number of violations issued. In 2008, approximately 37,000 violations to statute 14-296aa were committed and of those 22,500 had associated fines imposed.

Senate “A” eliminated the additional $500 penalty to any driver who commits a moving violation that results in an accident while engaged in an activity not related to the operation of the motor vehicle. It is estimated that the number of accidents under these circumstances are minimal and therefore the reduction in revenue gain is estimated to be minimal.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would remain constant since fines are set in statute.

Source:

Judicial Department's Quarterly Report, 2008.

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 above estimates are annualized. With an effective date of October 1, 2010, the actual revenue gain in FY 11 will be approximately $165,000 for the state and $260,000 for municipalities.