OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5144

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4506

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

approx. 32,000

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Gain

None

approx. 36,000

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

approx. 25,865

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

None

approx. 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 approximately $30,522 in FY 16, approximately $31,974 in FY 17 and approximately $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 approximately $25,865 in FY 16 and approximately $29,927 in FY 17 reflects a durational, half-time Office Assistant and associated expenses to issue 1,200 copies of birth certificates in FY 16 and FY 17.2 Costs to DPH of approximately $11,000 annually thereafter reflect the issuance 275 birth certificates at a consultant cost of $40 an hour. State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits costs for the Office Assistant are $8,657 in FY 16 and $9,047 in FY 17. It is anticipated that 1,200 copies of birth certificates will be issued by both DPH and municipalities in each of FY 16 and FY 17, resulting in a General Fund revenue gain of approximately $36,000 and a municipal revenue gain of less than $24,000 in these fiscal years. In FY 18 and annually thereafter it is anticipated that 275 copies will be issued by DPH and various municipalities, resulting in a General Fund revenue gain of approximately $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 approximately $32,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 reflects the processing of 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 a certified copy of an original birth certificate to any Oregon-born adopted person 21 years old or older. While this amendment requires birth parent consent before a copy of an original birth certificate is issued, it also allows adoptees that are 18 years of age or older to request a copy. As such, it anticipated that Connecticut will likely issue the same number of birth certificates that Oregon did.