OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1018

AN ACT CONCERNING ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAWS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill lowers the fine, from up to $1000 to up to $95 for importing, possessing, or liberating fish or aquatic invasive species. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact, as there has only been $135 collected from two separate offenses since FY 10.

The bill also requires people to have a marine waters fishing license to use certain equipment for taking marine bait species. This is also not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact, as people are expected to hold this license already. In FY 12, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) collected approximately $265,000 in revenue from the issuance of approximately 24,609 resident and non-resident marine waters fishing licenses, at a cost of $10 and $15 each, respectively.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database