OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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HB-5144

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4560

File Copy No.: 438

House Calendar No.: 252


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

approx. 51,729

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Gain

None

approx. 72,900

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

None

approx. 17,314

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

approx. 32,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Loss

None

approx.

450 - 600

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill, its associated fiscal impact and replaces it with language that results in a net state cost of approximately $28,143 in FY 16, $31,048 in FY 17 and $4,600 annually thereafter. It is also anticipated to result in a revenue loss of $450 to $600 in FY 16 and annually thereafter across various municipalities.

According to a history of Oregon's Measure 58, the state vital records office issued about 4,400 pre-adoption birth certificates in the 22 months after the law was passed or approximately 200 a month. Under the assumption that the Department of Public Health (DPH) will experience a similar number of requests for copies of adoptees' original birth certificates2 in both FY 16 and FY 17 (2,400), General Fund revenue of $72,000 is anticipated. Adding this amount to the state revenue associated with DPH issuance of copies by court order that would have been requested in a municipality under existing law (estimated to be approximately 30 annually),3 and the total anticipated General Fund revenue in each of FY 16 and FY 17 is $72,900. General Fund revenue of $17,400 is anticipated from FY 18 onward, reflecting 550 non-court ordered uncertified copies issued annually and an additional 30 court ordered copies. The municipal revenue loss of $450 to $600 in FY 16 and annually thereafter reflects the elimination of the issuance of court ordered copies of birth certificates by municipal registrars of vital statistics and the loss of associated fees. 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 Public Health (DPH) of approximately $51,729 in FY 16 and approximately $53,854 in FY 17 reflects a durational Office Assistant and associated expenses to issue 2,400 copies of birth certificates in FY 16 and FY 17. Costs to DPH of approximately $22,000 annually thereafter reflect the issuance 550 copies of birth certificates at a consultant cost of $40 an hour. State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits costs for the Office Assistant are approximately $17,314 in FY 16 and $18,093 in FY 17. 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 a similar number of birth certificates as Oregon did.

3 eneral Fund revenue gain of approximately $900 and an associated revenue loss to municipalities of $450 to $600 starting in FY 16 and annually thereafter.