OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-445

AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON THE SALE OF CATS AND DOGS FROM INHUMANE ORIGINS AT CONNECTICUT PET SHOPS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Judicial Dept.1

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 2,500

Less than 2,500

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill (1) requires the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) to develop a standard of care applicable to in-state dog and cat breeders, (2) alters current laws for pet shop licensees, and (3) increases the fine, from up to $100 to up to $500, for violations by pet shop licensees.

Increasing the fine may result in a minimal revenue gain to the state anticipated to be less than $2,500 annually. In FY 13, there was no revenue collected from violations of pet shop licensees.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of violations that occur.

1 Statutory violations are subject to Infractions Bureau procedures which allow the accused to pay the fine by mail without making a court appearance.