OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6987

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 9290)

House Calendar No.: 447

Senate Calendar No.: 651


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Various State Agencies

GF - Potential Cost

less than 1,000

less than 1,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

All Municipalities

Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill makes numerous changes to the public health statutes. The sections with specific fiscal impacts are noted below.

Section 31 prohibits the use of latex gloves at certain retail food establishments. It imposes a fine of between $250 and $500 for any establishment that violates the prohibition on latex gloves.

The bill does not specify how the prohibition will be enforced or whether the state or municipalities will collect revenue gained from the fine. It is anticipated that municipalities would enforce this provision and collect any resulting revenue. Any revenue gain to municipalities resulting from this amendment is anticipated to be minimal.

Section 32 requires the Department of Education (DOE), in consultation with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to study the potential advantages of licensing board certified behavior analysts and assistant behavior analyst and their inclusion in school special education and planning and placement team. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact as both DOE and DPH have expertise in these areas.

Section 33 requires the DPH to study issues concerning food-borne disease outbreaks and has no fiscal impact as DPH has expertise in this area.

Section 34 creates a taskforces to study childhood nutrition and Section 35 creates a taskforces to study rare diseases. There may be a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 16 and in FY 17 to those agencies participating in the taskforces to reimburse taskforce members and agency staff for mileage expenses.

Section 52 requires the Department of Children and Families to conduct periodic trainings on youth suicide prevention at no cost to the trainee, within available appropriations. Organizations that conduct such trainings charge approximately $135 per participant. If the agency holds trainings for 100 individuals per quarter, the annual cost will be approximately $54,000. It should be noted that the bill requires that the training be provided within available appropriations. It does not appear that this mandates that the agency perform the activity regardless of available funding, therefore the cost described above is potential.

The bill also makes various technical and clarifying changes which have no fiscal impact.

House “A” strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact and results in the impact described above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

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.