OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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SB-237

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


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

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Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

All Municipalities

Potential Cost

See Below

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Explanation

There are potential costs related to legal proceedings and judgments for the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and municipalities associated with this bill.

The bill allows individuals to bring civil suits against peace officers who interfere with the video and still image recording of their actions in the course of their duties. In general, public servants are indemnified from civil action during the performance of their jobs. Provided the officer's action was not willful, wanton or reckless, the bill potentially creates civil suits in which the law enforcement agency is liable for damages and legal costs.

The Out Years

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