OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1138

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STRENGTHENING OF SCHOOL BULLYING LAWS.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 7262)

Senate Calendar No. : 243

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

less than $20,000

less than $20,000

Explanation

The bill requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to provide training to school employees on the prevention, identification, and response to school bullying. Under current law, school districts must offer their certified employees in-service training on the prevention of bullying. The bill expands the scope of this training to include identifying and responding to bullying, which is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Additionally, the bill requires SDE to provide annual training to uncertified school employees. This is not anticipated to result in a cost to SDE, as they currently provide no-cost professional development on school bullying and have training DVD's available to disseminate to districts. However, uncertified school employees are not currently required to receive such training and would have to be available to receive this training annually, which could result in an additional cost to local and regional school districts, as most uncertified employees are hourly employees. It is anticipated that this would be a cost to local and regional school districts of less than $20,000.

The bill makes various other changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Senate “A” eliminated the cost to the State Department of Education (SDE) that was contained in the underlying bill, and made various other changes that did not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of uncertified staff who required training.

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.