OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5299

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FINDINGS OF THE MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY TASK FORCE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 4526)

House Calendar No.: 112


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Potential Revenue Loss

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Potential Revenue Loss

less than 35,000

less than 35,000

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Loss

less than 4,000

less than 4,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Savings

less than 5,000

less than 5,000

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill results in a potential revenue loss to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) by requiring the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) to certify those individuals who have undergone certain military training. The current tuition for a municipal recruit to attend basic training at POST is $1,500 and DESPP would realize a revenue loss, anticipated to be less than $25,000 annually, for each police officer certified under the provisions of this bill without attending POST basic training.

To the extent that an individual is hired by a police department, the department will realize a $1,500 savings associated with not having to send said recruit through basic training. The municipal savings would be dependent upon the number of qualifying candidates and are not anticipated to exceed $5,000 per year.

Section 2 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to waive the entire examination fee for veterans, Armed Forces members or National Guard members who have held a military operator's license. Dependent on the number of Armed Forces and National Guard members who have a military operator's license there may be a revenue loss to the Special Transportation Fund for waiving the examination fee. Current law allows DMV the discretion to waive a portion or the entire examination fee for veterans who have held a military operator's license. In FY 13 DMV waived 744 examinations fees for veterans.

Section 3 requires DMV to waive the driving skills test for a commercial motor vehicle license (CDL) for veterans, Armed Forces member or National Guard members who have held a military CDL. Dependent on the number of Armed Forces and National Guard members that have a military CDL, there may be a revenue loss to the Special Transportation Fund for waiving the test. DMV already waives the driving skills test for veterans. In FY 13 DMV waived 9 CDL knowledge tests for veterans.

Section 5 results in a revenue loss of less than $2,000 to the Department of Consumer Protection by exempting certain license application fees for veterans, Armed Forces members or National Guard members with military experience. Generally the first time application fee is $90 and the registration fee $150. Examination fees are paid to third-party vendors therefore waiving such fees has no impact on the state.

Section 6 results in a revenue loss of less than $2,000 to the Department of Consumer Protection by exempting certain license fees.

Section 10 of the bill requires DESPP to waive both the training requirement for security officer certification for certain individuals with relevant military training, as well as the fee for such certification. The current fee for security officer certification is $100 and DESPP is anticipated to realize a revenue loss of less than $10,000 under the provisions of this section.

Section 11 results in no fiscal impact to the state as the requirements are already in place under federal policy.

Section 12 requires the Labor Commissioner to assist state agencies, boards and commissions on issues relating to occupational certificates or licenses for military personnel. To the extent that the Labor Commissioner has the authority to do so, this provision is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact as the Office of Veterans' Workforce Development within the Department of Labor would be able to accomplish this without additional personnel or outside expertise.

Section 14 results in no fiscal impact as it is anticipated that the agencies identified as “licensing authorities” already meet the requirements or will be able to fulfill the obligations using current resources.

House “A” struck the language of the underlying bill and became the fiscal impact described above.

The Out Years

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