OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6449

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

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 7608)

House Calendar No. : 369

Senate Calendar No. : 660

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

TF - Potential Revenue Gain

336,440

336,440

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

76,195

76,195

Education, Dept.

GF - See Below

None

See Below

Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Revenue Gain

2. 24 million

2. 24 million

Various Local and Regional School Districts

Potential Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

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 unit. 1 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 a 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. PA 11-6 (the biennial budget act), 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.

The bill also increases the minimum fine for failure to stop for a school bus from $100 to $450. 2 It also provides that 80% of all revenue collected for this offense be remitted to the municipalities in which the violation occurred, 12% be credited to the Special Transportation Fund and 8% credited to the General Fund. This change will result in a potential revenue gain of $76,195 to the General Fund, $336,440 to the Special Transportation Fund and $2. 24 million to various municipalities. It is expected that this potential revenue gain to municipalities would help cover the costs of purchasing the digital monitoring equipment. This estimate assumes that 6,120 tickets are issued annually at an average fine of $460.

To the extent that live digital video school bus violation detection monitoring systems are installed on school buses, the number of tickets issued annually would increase. Installing monitoring systems on 50 school buses would result in an estimated 1. 15 tickets issued per day for failure to stop for a school bus. 3 On average, school buses are in operation 106 days per year.

There is no fiscal impact to the Judicial Department associated with the remittance of revenue to municipalities, as the Centralized Infraction Bureau of the department already performs this function for other offenses specified in statute.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

Core-CT Financial Accounting System

 

Rhode Island Bus Safety Camera Ticket Program

 

Connecticut Bus Safety Camera Pilot Program

 

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database

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 www. americanbusvideo. com

2 In 2010, the average ticket value issued for this offense was $260. There were 337 offenses for illegally passing a school bus, with $89,651 in fine revenue collected.

3 Data collected from the Connecticut Bus Safety Camera Pilot Program and the Rhode Island Bus Safety Camera Ticket Program have shown that on average 1. 15 tickets are issued per bus per day.