OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5144

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4361

File Copy No.: 438

House Calendar No.: 252


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

less than 32,000

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Gain

None

less than 36,000

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

less than 25,865

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

None

less than 8,657

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

None

less than 24,000

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill, its associated fiscal impact and replaces it with language that reduces the cost identified for the underlying bill. The amendment results in a net state cost of less than $30,522 in FY 16, less than $31,974 in FY 17 and less than $2,750 annually thereafter. It is also anticipated to result in revenue gain of less than $24,000 across various municipalities in FY 16 and FY 17 and less than $5,500 annually thereafter.

The cost to the Department of Public Health (DPH) of less than $25,865 in FY 16 and less than $29,927 in FY 17 reflects a durational, half-time Office Assistant and associated expenses to issue less than 1,200 copies of birth certificates in FY 16 and FY 17.2 Costs to DPH of less than $11,000 annually thereafter reflect the issuance of less than 275 birth certificates at a consultant cost of $40 an hour. State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits costs for this position are $8,657 in FY 16 and $9,047 in FY 17. It is anticipated that less than 1,200 copies of birth certificates will be issued by both DPH and municipalities, resulting in a General Fund revenue gain of less than $36,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 and a municipal revenue gain of less than $24,000. In FY 18 and annually thereafter it is anticipated that less than 275 copies will be issued by DPH and various municipalities, resulting in a General Fund revenue gain of less than $8,250 and a municipal revenue gain of less than $5,500. The DPH fee for a copy of a birth certificate is $30 and the municipal fee is $15 (short form) or $20 (long form).

The cost to the Department of Children and Families of less than $32,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 reflects the processing of less than 2,400 contact forms and assumes approximately 20 minutes of time per form by a consultant at $40 an hour. From FY 18 onward it is anticipated that DCF can accommodate the collection and filing of these forms without incurring any additional costs.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

Sources:

http://public.health.oregon.gov/birthdeathcertificates/getvitalrecords/pages/58update.aspx

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 36.66% of payroll in FY 15 and FY 16.

2