OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6599

AN ACT CONCERNING DISCRIMINATION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

5,000

5,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. This conforms statute to current practice for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and does not result in a fiscal impact to the agency.

Sections 22 and 36 of the bill expand the definition of certain crimes involving the deprivation of rights to include a victim's gender identity or expression, which will result in a revenue gain to the General Fund of less than $5,000. The estimate assumes that the establishment of a fine and/or imprisonment for this offense will increase the likelihood that an estimated less than 10 offenders annually would be prosecuted and receive harsher penalties than under current law. 1

It is anticipated that the number of additional offenders placed on probation would be less than 10, and would not result in additional resources being required by the Judicial Department.

1 Since 2003, there have been 15 offenses filed with the Superior Court for this offense.