OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6362

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF THE REGULATIONS OF CONNECTICUT STATE AGENCIES.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 7768)

House Calendar No.: 241


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Secretary of the State

GF - Cost

Less than 500

100,500

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

None

34,540

Judicial Dept.

GF - Savings

None

Less than $1,000

Various State Agencies

GF - Potential Savings

None

Less than $1,000

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which establishes an on-line system to house the regulations of state agencies, is anticipated to result in a cost to the Secretary of the State (SOTS) of less than $500 in FY 14 and $100,500 in FY 15. The SOTS is anticipated to require a full-time position to administer and manage the system and associated programmatic requirements. The SOTS is anticipated to incur a cost of $100,000 in FY 15 and annually thereafter arising from this additional position. Correspondingly, the Comptroller is anticipated to realize $34,540 in FY 15 arising from fringe benefit costs. sHB 6350, the FY 14 and FY 15 budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, appropriated funding for this purpose.

In addition, the SOTS is anticipated to incur costs of less than $500 in FY 14 and FY 15 to maintain a paper copy of the regulations in accordance with the provisions of the bill.

The Judicial Department will realize a savings of less than $1,000 in FY 15 arising from its ability to stop publishing and distributing paper copies of state regulations when the SOTS certifies that the on-line system is technologically sufficient to manage the regulations posting process.

When the system is implemented, various state agencies may realize a potential savings of less than $1,000 in FY 15 arising from the transition to the electronic system for public posting of various notices and proposed regulations.

House “A” added a requirement that the SOTS maintain a paper copy of the regulations resulting in a cost of less than $500 in both FY 14 and FY 15.

Background

The State Bonding Commission allocated $1,758,583 in its January 25, 2013, meeting to support the capital costs of implementing the program.

The Out Years

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

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 34.54% of payroll in FY 14 and FY 15.