OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1018

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR WEIGH STATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTRONIC RENEWAL NOTICES AND THE ELIMINATION OF VISION SCREENING TESTS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Cost

497,546

497,546

Public Safety, Dept.

GF - Savings

881,804

881,804

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Savings

2,502,871

2,449,957

Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Sections 1 through 4 transfer responsibility and operations of weigh stations from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The table below is based on the assumption that the seven Weight Technicians (civilians) assigned to DPS are transferred to DMV. The transfer would result in a savings to the General Fund and a cost to the Special Transportation Fund of $497,546 in each year of the biennium.

Transfer Weigh Station Operations and Staffing from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Motor Vehicles, FY 12 & FY 13

           

Fund - Impact

Agency

Positions

Personal Services

Other Expenses

Total

GF - Savings

Department of Public Safety

(7)

($389,200)

($108,346)

($497,546)

           

STF - Cost

Department of Motor Vehicles

7

$389,200

$108,346

$497,546

Net Impact:

$0

Section 1 results in savings of $384,258 to the Department of Public Safety by reducing Trooper staff to one Trooper per weigh station per shift. Currently there are nineteen Troopers assigned to the weigh stations. The bill decreases the number of Troopers required to nine. The savings are associated with overtime as a result of redeploying the remaining ten Troopers to other duties.

Sections 5, 6, and 7 result in an annual savings of $213,200 to the Special Transportation Fund beginning in FY 12 as a result of eliminating mailing renewal notices.

Section 6 results in a savings of $2,209,671 in FY 12 and $2,156,757 in FY 13 to the Special Transportation Fund by postponing the vision screening program two years. Current law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin vision screening for all driver's license renewals issued after July 1, 2011.

Section 8 results in an annual savings of $80,000 to the Special Transportation Fund beginning in FY 12 associated with eliminating the 1-800 telephone number operated by DMV.

Sections 9 through 17 have no fiscal impact as they make conforming changes to current statute.

The Out Years

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