OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6554

AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING A DRUG OVERDOSE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 8046), House "B" (LCO 7973)

House Calendar No. : 384

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 40,000

Less than 40,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill exempts a person from being charged with possession of narcotics when they seek emergency medical assistance for themselves or another person experiencing a drug overdose. To the extent this change results in less fine money being collected from individuals no longer being charged with possession of narcotics, a revenue loss of less than $10,000 to the General Fund would result. 1

The bill also requires the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to designate Mephedrone and MDPV as controlled substances. This will not result in a fiscal impact, as the agency has expertise in this area.

To the extent that offenders are prosecuted and required to pay fines for the sale and/or possession of Mephedrone and MDPV, a potential annual revenue gain of less than $50,000 to the General Fund would result.

It is anticipated that the number of additional low-risk offenders placed on probation as a result of this change would be less than 100, and would not result in additional resources being required by the Judicial Department. 2 An additional 100 offenders placed on probation would represent a 0. 15% increase to the total probation caseload.

House “A” makes a clarifying change that will not result in a fiscal impact.

House “B” requires the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to designate Mephedrone and MDPV as controlled substances, which results in the fiscal impact specified above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing revenue identified above would remain constant into the future since fine amounts are set by statute.

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database

1 In 2010 there were 126 offenses for possession of narcotics, with $119,905 in revenue collected.

2 The majority of these offenders would be expected to be placed under an administrative form of probation, which does not require ongoing contact with probation officers or contracted services.