OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6489

AN ACT REQUIRING DNA TESTING OF PERSONS ARRESTED FOR THE COMMISSION OF A SERIOUS FELONY.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8054

File Copy No.: 594

House Calendar No.: 355

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Cost

121, 400

161, 900

Public Safety, Dept.

GF - Cost

91, 200

121, 500

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits) 1

GF - Cost

10, 400

13, 900

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment requires the Judicial Department's Court Support Services Division (CSSD) to take a DNA sample from any person convicted of a serious felony before being sentenced and will result in a cost of $121, 400 in FY 122 and $161, 900 in FY 13 to the Judicial Department. This estimate assumes the Judicial Department will collect an additional 1, 260 DNA samples per year, at a rate of $128.60 per sample.

It is anticipated that the amendment would result in an annual cost of $135, 400 to the Division of Scientific Services under the Department of Public Safety. These expenses include one additional Forensic Science Examiner at a cost of $54, 300 ($43, 900 in salary plus $10, 400 in fringes) and $47, 300 in supplies in FY 12 and $72, 400 ($58, 500 in salary plus $13, 900 in fringes) and $63, 000 in supplies in FY 13 to analyze the estimated 1, 260 samples taken under the amendment.

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 FY 12 cost estimates reflect Oct. 1, 2011 effective date and year funding.