OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION

SB-551

AN ACT CONCERNING CLEAN ELECTIONS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

State Elections Enforcement Commission (Citizens' Election Program)

Citizens' Election Fund – See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

By responding to a recent decision of the U. S. Court of Appeals, the bill ensures that the Citizens' Election Program will continue to operate. On an annual basis, the state provides approximately $21. 9 million to support the program. This figure includes a $3. 6 million cost to the General Fund to administer the program and $18. 3 million in revenue to fund grants to candidates.

The bill increases general election grants to gubernatorial candidates from $3 million to $6 million.

The Citizens' Election Fund, which began the 2010 election cycle with a balance of $43 million and is due to receive $18. 3 million in revenue during FY 11, has sufficient resources to cover the cost of increasing initial grants during the 2010 election and to provide for the $22 million in transfers (i. e. , sweeps) to the General Fund in accordance with the FY 11 budget. The available funding for the 2010 election, net the revenue and transfers indicated above, is $39. 3 million. The estimated cost of the 2010 election including the grant increases made in the bill for gubernatorial candidates is $34. 5 million.

The bill makes various other changes that are not anticipated to have a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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

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.