OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1206

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECORDING OF POLICE ACTIVITY BY THE PUBLIC.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 7824)

Senate Calendar No. : 433

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various State Agencies

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill results in a potential cost to the state and municipalities by indemnifying peace officers from liability if they interfere with the recording of police activity. The peace officer can receive indemnification only if the officer was working within the scope of authority and the conduct was not willful, wanton or reckless. In such a case, the state or municipality employing the peace officer would be required to pay all expenses arising from the liability. The cost will vary depending on the scope of the liability case.

If the peace officer is found to be in violation of the conditions mentioned above, then the officer, and not the employing state or municipality, would bear the financial obligations of the liability.

Senate “A” alters the original bill by extending indemnification to officers lawfully enforcing court rules and polices of the Judicial Branch. This results in a potential cost to the Judicial Branch similar to the potential cost listed above.

The Out Years

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

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.