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.: 4763

File Copy No.: 438

House Calendar No.: 252


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

None

less than 17,314

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

less than 32,000

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

less than 51,729

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Gain

None

less than 159,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Loss

None

less than 600

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill, its associated fiscal impact and replaces it with language that results in a similar fiscal impact. It is anticipated to result in a net state revenue gain of less than $57,957 in FY 16, less than $55,052 in FY 17 and less than $16,750 annually thereafter. It is also anticipated to result in a municipal revenue loss of less than $600 in FY 16 and annually thereafter. The various state impacts are summarized in a bulleted list below. Detail on these impacts and the municipal impact is provided subsequent to this summation.

● A cost to the Department of Public Health (DPH) of less than $51,729 in FY 16, less than $53,854 in FY 17 and less than $22,000 anually thereafter,

● An associated cost to the Office of the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits of less than $17,314 in FY 16 and less than $18,093 in FY 17,

● A cost to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of less than $32,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 and

● A revenue gain to the General Fund of less than $159,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 and less than $38,750 anually thereafter.

According to a history of Oregon's Measure 58, the Vital Records office issued about 4,400 pre-adoption birth certificates in the 22 months after the law was passed of aproximately 200 a month. Under the assumption that DPH will experience a similar, but smaller number of requests for uncertified copies of adoptees' original birth certificates2 in both FY 16 and FY 17 (less than 2,400), with a fee of $65 each, General Fund revenue of $156,000 is anticipated. Adding this amount to the revenue associated with the issuance of uncertified copies by court order3 and the total anticipated General Fund revenue in each of FY 16 and FY 17 is $159,000. General Fund revenue of $38,750 is anticipated from FY 18 onward, reflecting 550 non-court ordered uncertified copies issued annually and 60 court ordered copies.

Assuming approximately one hour of DPH work per uncertified birth certificate copy issued, a durational Office Assistant will be needed within DPH to process and issue these copies in FY 16 and FY 17. Salary costs for an Office Assistant are approximately $47,229 in FY 16 and $49,354 in FY 17. Associated other expenses, including forms, supplies, postage and travel as needed to an off-site storage facility, are estimated at less than $4,500 in both fiscal years. Associated State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits costs for the Office Assistant are $17,314 in FY 16 and $18,093 in FY 17. The cost of less than $22,000 in FY 18 onward reflects a consultant at $40 per hour to process and issue copies and assumes less than 550 such copies annually.

The cost to DCF of less than $32,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 anticipates a similar rush in these fiscal years for contact/health history forms of less than 2,400 in each fiscal year 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.

In addition the amendment makes changes to court petitions for birth certificates that do not result in a fiscal impact to the Judicial Department or Probate Court.

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. The amendment restricts requests for such copies to adults, 18 years old or older, whose adoption was finalized prior to 10/1/83.

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