OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1126

AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8027

File Copy No.: 718

Senate Calendar No.: 405


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

State Elections Enforcement Commission

GF - Cost

71,000

73,000

Office of State Ethics

GF - Cost

120,000

123,000

Freedom of Information Commission

GF - Cost

121,000

125,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

121,000

125,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment removes the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Office of State Ethics, and Freedom of Information Commission from the Office of Governmental Accountability and establishes each as a separate entity with no connection to any other department or office.

In order to operate separately, the State Elections Enforcement Commission is anticipated to require one Human Resources Specialist at an approximate salary of $71,000 in FY 16 and $73,000 in FY 17, plus fringe benefits.

In order to operate separately, the Office of State Ethics is anticipated to require one Fiscal/Administrative Officer and one Fiscal/Administrative Assistant at a combined approximate salary of $120,000 in FY 16 and $123,000 in FY 17, plus fringe benefits.

In order to operate separately, the Freedom of Information Commission is anticipated to require one Fiscal/Administrative Officer and one IT Analyst at a combined approximate salary of $121,000 in FY 16 and $125,000 in FY 17, plus fringe benefits.

Total fringe benefits for the added positions are anticipated to be approximately $121,000 in FY 16 and $125,000 in FY 17.

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.

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 38.65% of payroll in FY 16 and FY 17.