OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6449

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF PERSONS ENTERING OR EXITING A SCHOOL BUS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7175

File Copy No.: 625

House Calendar No.: 369

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Eliminates Revenue Loss in Bill

126, 000

126, 000

Judicial Dept.

TF - Potential Revenue Gain

336, 440

336, 440

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

76, 195

76, 195

Policy & Mgmt., Off.

GF - Eliminates Cost in Bill

15, 000

15, 000

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits) 1

GF - Eliminates Cost in Bill

1, 147

1, 147

Note: GF=General Fund; TF=Transportation Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Revenue Gain

2.24 million

2.24 million

Local and Regional School Districts

Eliminates Cost in Bill

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The amendment increases the minimum fine for failure to stop for a school bus from $100 to $450. It also provides that 80% of all revenue collected for this offense be remitted to the municipalities in which the violation occurred, 12% be credited to the Special Transportation Fund and 8% credited to the General Fund. This change eliminates the revenue loss to the General Fund identified in the underlying bill, and will result in an estimated revenue gain of $76, 195 to the General Fund, $336, 440 to the Special Transportation Fund and $2.24 million to various municipalities. This estimate assumes that 6, 120 tickets are issued annually at an average fine of $460.

To the extent that live digital video school bus violation detection monitoring systems are installed on school buses, the number of tickets issued annually would increase. Installing monitoring systems on 50 school buses would result in an estimated 1.15 tickets issued per day for failure to stop for a school bus.2 On average, school buses are in operation 106 days per year.

The amendment also reduced the potential cost to local and regional school districts that was contained in the underlying bill, as it allows the state to remit fine revenues to municipalities, to help cover the costs of the digital monitoring equipment.

There is no fiscal impact to the Judicial Department associated with the remittance of revenue to municipalities, as the Centralized Infraction Bureau of the department already performs this function for other offenses specified in statute.

The amendment also strikes section 3, which eliminates the associated cost to the Office of Policy and Management.

Sources:

Connecticut Bus Safety Camera Pilot Program Data

 

Rhode Island Bus Safety Camera Ticket Program Data

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.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated non-pension fringe benefit cost associated with personnel changes is 23.76% of payroll in FY 12 and FY 13. In addition, there could be an impact to potential liability for the applicable state pension funds.

2 Data collected from the Connecticut Bus Safety Camera Pilot Program and the Rhode Island Bus Safety Camera Ticket Program have shown that on average 1.15 tickets are issued per bus per day.