OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6449

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF PERSONS ENTERING OR EXITING A SCHOOL BUS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Loss

126,000

126,000

Policy & Mgmt. , Off.

GF - Cost

15,000

15,000

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

1,147

1,147

Education, Dept.

GF - See Below

None

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various Local and Regional School Districts

Potential Cost

Potential

Potential

Various Local and Regional School Districts

Revenue Impact

None

Potential

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill makes a definitional change regarding evidence captured by a live digital video school bus violation detection monitoring system, and will not result in a fiscal impact.

Section 2 of the bill allows a local or regional board of education to install, operate, and maintain live digital video school bus violation detection monitoring systems. The cost to local and regional school districts will vary depending on the number of buses they install the equipment on, and the type of monitoring system they purchase. Live digital monitoring systems can range in price from $1,000 to over $6,000 per unit2. It is assumed that a local or regional board of education would not install such equipment unless they had the funding and resources to do so.

Additionally, any costs incurred by a local or regional district for the purposes of live digital monitoring system may be reimbursed under the Public School Transportation grant. This grant reimburses municipalities based on prior year expenditures, so the municipality would front the cost and would be reimbursed at various rates of reimbursement in the following year. sHB 6380 (the biennial budget), as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, caps Public School Transportation at $25. 8 million in FY 12 and $24. 9 million in FY 13, so no new expenses would be incurred by the state, but a redistribution of funds could occur, causing some municipalities to receive additional funds and others to receive less.

Section 3 establishes a school bus camera account within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). OPM must pay participating towns and school boards monthly for the costs of installing, operating and maintaining the program from the school bus camera account. OPM will incur costs of $15,000 annually for one quarter-time clerk to administer this program.

Section 4 of the bill would credit 85% of all revenue collected for failure to stop for a school bus to the 'school bus camera account', which would result in a revenue loss of $126,0003 to the General Fund.

Section 5 of the bill would result in additional hearings before the court. It is anticipated that the number of additional hearings would be minimal, and would not result in additional cost to the Judicial Department.

The Out Years

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

1 The Comptroller's fringe benefit account pays Social Security at a rate of 7. 65% for quarter-time staff.

2 www. americanbusvideo. com

3 In 2010 there were 337 total offenses for failure to stop for a school bus, with $148,108 in revenue collected.