OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-425

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Summary: The bill establishes a new State Education Resource Center (SERC), which is a quasi-public agency. The bill vests the powers of the center in its 13 member board of directors and subjects the center to existing laws concerning quasi-public agencies. There are no new requirements in the bill that would result in a cost to the state or municipalities. Currently, SERC receives funding from the State Department of Education (SDE), through their General Fund budget. The bill will continue to allocate funds to SERC as a newly created quasi-public entity.

Sections 1 and 2 establish SERC as a quasi-public agency. The bill establishes a 13 member board of directors.

Sections 3-9, and 11-13 make various changes that are procedural in nature and do not result in a fiscal impact.

Section 10 permits the Commissioner of Education to allocate funds to the center. In FY 14 the State Department of Education (SDE) allocated approximately $10.3 million in General Fund dollars to SERC. Additionally, the state serves as pass through for approximately $10 million in federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding.

Sections 14-18 make various conforming changes, which result in no fiscal impact.

The Out Years

State Impact: SDE will continue to allocate funds to SERC as described above.

Municipal Impact: None