OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-983

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING UNCLASSIFIED FELONIES.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 6587)

House Calendar No.: 691

Senate Calendar No.: 484


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Up to $150,000

Up to $150,000

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill is anticipated to result in a potential revenue gain of up to $150,000 to the Judicial Department by reclassifying previously unclassified felonies to class D and E felonies and increasing the penalty for violation of certain offenses.

The estimated revenue gain was developed by analyzing the current fines for these offenses and assumes that the average fine will increase proportionately to the increase in the maximum fine.

The bill is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the Department of Correction as it only changes the prison penalty for two unclassified felonies both of which are infrequently offended statutes (less than one per year).

Senate “A” removes a section of the underlying bill that was not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact as there has been no fine revenue to date.

The amendment results in a potential revenue gain to the Judicial Department by increasing the fine for a specific offense. The fine is currently up to $1,000 and is changed to a class D felony with a fine of up to $5,000. In FY 12 there were a total of six offenses totaling $4,800 in fines.

The amendment does not change the sentence for the offense and does not result in a fiscal impact to the Department of Corrections.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database

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.