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As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 7455)

Senate Calendar No.: 134

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected


FY 14 $

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF – Potential Cost




State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits1

GF – Potential Cost




Municipal Impact: None


The bill is not anticipated to result in a cost in FY 14 and FY 15 as the requirement of any person to not sell, offer for sale, or distribute certain products would not be implemented until FY 16.

Senate “A “eliminated the underlying bill that included egg-grading plants and egg distribution registration provisions and replaced it with the genetic engineering labeling requirements with the fiscal impact identified in the out years.

The Out Years

The bill specifies that the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) implement the provisions within available appropriations. However, if the bill were to be implemented the cost to the state would be $117,632 starting in FY 16 due to requiring certain products to be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering” if any three of eight states listed in the bill adopt mandatory labeling laws for genetically engineered food. DCP may incur costs of $90,000 for a Consumer Protection Food Inspector and a part-time paralegal to respond to complaints and issues related to genetically engineered products. This includes salaries ($80,000) and other expenses ($10,000) including computers, software, travel and fringe benefits ($27,632). The additional staff will need to examine the chain of production of suspect products in order to determine if such products meet the requirements of the bill.

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 active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 34.54% of payroll in FY 14 and FY 15.