OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5144

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND PARENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION FOR ADOPTED PERSONS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

approx. 32,000

approx. 32,000

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

approx. 55,000

approx. 55,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Loss

450 - 600

450 - 600

Explanation

The bill results in a net state revenue gain of approximately $23,000 annually and a minimal revenue loss to various municipalities. The state fiscal impact is associated with an annual cost to the Department of Public Health (DPH) and an annual General Fund revenue gain from the issuance of uncertified copies of adoptees' original birth certificates. Only DPH may issue such copies under the bill. The anticipated revenue loss to municipalities of $450 to $600 is associated with the elimination of obtaining certified copies of adoptees' original birth certificates by court order in a municipality. Under the bill, only uncertified copies of original birth certificates can be obtained by court order from DPH with a fee of $65 assessed per copy. Under existing law, DPH could issue certified copies by court order with a fee of $30 assessed per copy.

The cost to DPH to issue uncertified copies of birth certificates in Connecticut1 is based on the assumption that approximately the same number of such birth certificates (800) will be issued annually, on average, as have been issued by Oregon2 since 2000 (11,000). It is estimated these uncertified birth certificates will take an hour per certificate to issue. At an estimated $40 per hour contract cost, this results in a cost to DPH of approximately $32,000 annually. DPH revenue from associated fees is approximately $52,000 annually.

The bill eliminates the issuance of certified copies of original birth certificates by court order. Certified copies of original birth certificates have a DPH fee of $30 per copy and a municipal fee of $15 (short form) or $20 (long form). Instead, it allows only DPH to issue uncertificated copies of original birth certificates at a fee of $65. Assuming that, currently, 30 such court orders are presented to DPH and 30 more are presented to various municipalities annually, this change is anticipated to result in a state revenue gain of approximately $3,000 through DPH3 and an associated revenue loss to municipalities of $450 to $600.

In addition the bill makes changes to court petitions for birth certificates and does not result in a fiscal impact to the Judicial Department or Probate Court.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of eligible requests or court orders for uncertified copies of original birth certificates.

1 2012 population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,591,765.

2 2012 population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,899,801.

3 $1,000 of this is amount is attributable to the increase in fee from $30 to $65 under the change from certified to uncertificated birth certificate copies and $2,000 reflects new revenue from subsuming municipal issuance of such certificates at $65 each.