OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6729

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CERTAIN NOISE-MAKING DEVICES FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 6202)

House Calendar No.: 92


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 1,000

Less than 1,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill changes requirements for noisemaking devices (used by farmers) to repel wildlife to prevent crop damage. The Department of Agriculture issues permits (at no cost) for these devices and performs optional on-site inspections of complaints.

The bill creates a fine of either $100 or $300, depending on the nature of the offense, for operating a noisemaking device without a permit. This is anticipated to generate less than $1,000 annually.

The agency's Agricultural Marketing and Inspection Representative handles inspections and enforcement of noise-making devices in addition to their duties in other areas of the agency.

House “A” alters the underlying bill by specifying that warning notices must be issued for the first two annual violations which results in the impact described above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of violations.