OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5024

AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING RIGHTS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4271

File Copy No.: 303

House Calendar No.: 243

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Revenue Loss

$1.7 million

$1.7 million

Governmental Accountability, Off.

Citizens' Election Fund - Savings

$1.6 million

See Below

Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment reduces all statewide and general assembly primary and general election grants from the Citizens' Election Fund (CEF) by the following amounts:

General Election

Grant

Original Amount

Amendment Amount

Difference

Governor

$6, 000, 000

$5, 400, 000

$600, 000

Lt. Governor

$750, 000

$675, 000

$75, 000

Secretary of the State

$750, 000

$675, 000

$75, 000

Comptroller

$750, 000

$675, 000

$75, 000

Treasurer

$750, 000

$675, 000

$75, 000

Attorney General

$750, 000

$675, 000

$75, 000

State Senator

$85, 000

$76, 500

$8, 500

State Representative

$25, 000

$22, 500

$2, 500

Total

$9, 860, 000

$8, 874, 000

$986, 000

       

Primary

Grant

Original Amount

Amendment Amount

Difference

Governor

$1, 250, 000

$1, 125, 000

$125, 000

Lt. Governor

$375, 000

$337, 500

$37, 500

Secretary of the State

$375, 000

$337, 500

$37, 500

Comptroller

$375, 000

$337, 500

$37, 500

Treasurer

$375, 000

$337, 500

$37, 500

Attorney General

$375, 000

$337, 500

$37, 500

State Senator- Party Dominant District

$75, 000

$67, 500

$7, 500

State Senator- Not Party Dominant

$35, 000

$31, 500

$3, 500

State Representative- Party Dominant District

$25, 000

$22, 500

$2, 500

State Representative- Not Party Dominant

$10, 000

$9, 000

$1, 000

Total

$3, 270, 000

$2, 943, 000

$327, 000

It also eliminates Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments until 2014 for general assembly elections and until 2018 for statewide elections. Lastly, the amendment eliminates fees for certain ID cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles and requires any savings achieved by the reduction in grants, as identified by the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) , to be transferred to the Special Transportation Fund to cover the revenue loss.

Based on the estimated cost of the November 2012 elections1, there is a savings to the Citizens' Election Fund in FY 13 of approximately $1.6 million associated with reducing General Assembly grants and postponing CPI adjustments until 2014.

During the November 2014 elections, there is a savings of approximately $3 million associated with the reduction in CEP grants. This includes a savings of approximately $2.1 million associated with a reduction in statewide grants, assuming eight participating statewide primary candidates, and nine participating statewide general election candidates. It also includes a savings of approximately $940, 000 associated with the reduction in General Assembly grants, assuming participation rates similar to the 2012 election.2 As grant awards can cross fiscal years, 2014 election savings could be achieved in either FY 14 or FY 15.

There is a revenue loss to the Special Transportation Fund of approximately $1.7 million annually3 associated with the elimination of ID card fees at the Department of Motor Vehicles. In FY 13, it is anticipated that this revenue loss will be largely offset by the transfer of $1.6 million in CEF savings to the Special Transportation Fund, assuming this is the amount of actual savings as determined by SEEC.

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 Based on 2012 Citizens' Election Fund Sufficiency Report.

2 Analysis of 2014 Election savings does not include CPI adjustments for the General Assembly grants, or elimination of CPI adjustments for the statewide grants.

3 Based on fees collected in the past three fiscal years.