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.: 4846

File Copy No.: 438

House Calendar No.: 252


OFA Fiscal Note

VARIOUS FISCAL IMPACTS

The amendment results in a fiscal impact in FY 15 whereas the underlying bill's fiscal impact began in FY 16. It also alters costs and revenue in FY 16 and beyond. It does this by (1) altering the bill's effective date from 7/1/15 to 1/1/15 and (2) replacing Section 3 of the underlying bill. The amendment's new language for Section 3 eliminates the collection of contact and/or health forms by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) upon request. It instead requires that the Department of Public Health (DPH) provide health history forms to each birth parent considering placement of a child for adoption. The impact of these two changes is discussed below.

Altering the Effective Date

This change results in a FY 15 cost to DPH of approximately $28,848 for a half-time Office Assistant and associated other expenses and a cost to the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits of approximately $8,284. This position is needed to process approximately 1,230 uncertified copies of birth certificates. Of this amount, 30 are anticipated to be court ordered, 15 of which would have been anticipated under existing law and 15 are anticipated to have been processed by various municipalities under existing law. Per the underlying bill, the fee for an uncertified copy of an original birth certificate is $65. The DPH fee for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $30 and the municipal fee is $15 (short form) or $20 (long form). As such, General Fund revenue of approximately $78,000 is anticipated in FY 15 associated with the issuance of 1,200 non-court ordered copies, approximately $525 is associated with the increase in the fee ($35) for court ordered copies that DPH would normally receive and approximately $975 is associated with court-ordered copies that would have been issued by municipalities under existing law. The associated revenue loss to various municipalities is anticipated to be between $225 and $300 in FY 15.

Section 3: Health History Form

This eliminates the anticipated cost to DCF of approximately $32,000 in FY 16 and FY 17 (there was no cost to DCF was anticipated in FY 18 onward) and results in an anticipated cost to DPH of approximately $10,000 in FY 15 and approximately $19,200 in FY 16 onward. This cost assumes that approximately 688 health history forms are provided by DPH in FY 15 and 1,375 are provided in FY 16 onward. For purposes of estimating the consultant time required (at $40 an hour) to file completed forms and produce them to various eligible individuals identified in the amendment, it is assumed that half of all forms will be returned to the agency for filing and a similar number of requests to produce these forms will be received by DPH taking 20 minutes to process each. It is unknown how many of these completed forms will be sent to DPH and requested.

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.