OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5113

AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTH ATHLETICS AND CONCUSSIONS.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 4151), House "B" (LCO 4192)

House Calendar No.: 103


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various State Agencies

GF - Potential Cost

Less than 1,000

None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

None

Less than 5,000

Explanation

The bill requires local and regional school districts to annually provide a written statement regarding concussions to each youth athlete and his or her parent or legal guardian when the athlete registers. It is anticipated that this will result in a cost to municipalities (including local and regional school districts) of less than $1,000 per year, associated with the printing and distribution of the written statement.

The bill also requires that student athletes and parents/guardians read, view, or attend a training program regarding concussion education. Depending on how local and regional school districts choose to implement this provision, a cost could result. Reading and viewing, an on-line training program would not result in a cost. However, if a school district chose to hold regular, in-person training programs a cost of less than $4,000 per school district could result.

The bill establishes a task force to study concussion occurrences in youth athletics and make recommendations for possible legislative initiatives to address such concussions. There may be a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 15 to agencies participating in the task force to reimburse legislators and agency staff for mileage expenses.

The bill makes various other changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact because they either (1) narrow the scope of existing law or (2) are a requirement in which the State Department of Education or other identified state agencies has the staff with the expertise to complete.

House “A” strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact and results in a fiscal impact of less than $5,000 per school district.

House “B” establishes a task force to study concussion occurrences in youth athletics. House “B” may result in a cost of less than $1,000 to reimburse legislators and agency staff for task force mileage expenses.

The Out Years

The task force cost is a one-time only cost in FY 15. The other costs in the bill would begin in FY 16 and continue into the future subject to inflation.