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.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5132

File Copy No.: 235

Senate Calendar No.: 164

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Savings

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment could generate savings to the Department of Correction by reducing or eliminating the potential term of incarceration for certain offenders. Any such savings would be partially offset by increased costs for supervising these offenders on probation.

The amendment provides that any person between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age who is engaged in “sexting” could be convicted of a class “A” misdemeanor rather than a class “B” to “D” felony.1 In 2008, there were 43 convictions for child pornography; it is unknown how many of these convictions would meet the criteria set forth in the bill. 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.

Sources:

Quarterly Reports of the Judicial Department

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 These crimes are punishable as follows: (1) a class “A” misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to 1 year; (2) a class “D” felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years; and (3) a class “B” felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.