OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5054

AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Potential Cost

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Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

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Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Municipal Police Departments

Potential Cost

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Explanation

The bill results in the impact described below.

Section 3 requires state marshals executing service for temporary restraining orders where the respondent holds a firearm to request the presence of a police officer, which can be a municipal police office or a member of the state police. The bill does not specify if the town or Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) will be reimbursed. Currently service is executed by state marshals and compensated by the Judicial Department. To the extent that local police or state police officers incur administrative or mileage expenses, the bill results in a potential cost to the DESPP and municipalities.

Section 4 requires the chief court administrator to ensure that there is enough office space for a meeting between a state marshal and a restraining order applicant. The bill does not define office space. Currently, state marshals meet with applicants in the Court Service Centers, found in most courthouses. To the extent that this area of the courthouse is sufficient to meet this provision of the bill, this section does not result in a fiscal impact.

Sections 7, 15, and 16 expand the crime of criminal possession of a firearm, ammunition, electronic defense weapon, pistol, or revolver, which carries with it a mandatory minimum two year sentence. There are currently 288 offenders incarcerated for criminal possession. In FY 15, there were a total of 872 violations, of which 415 resulted in conviction or plea bargain. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this bill, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community would result.  On average, it costs the state $7,260 (including benefits) to supervise an inmate in the community as opposed to $61,320 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender. 

Criminal possession also carries with it a mandatory fine of $5,000, which the court can reduce if it finds sufficient reason. In FY 14, a total of $5,985 in fine revenue was collected. To the extent that the expanded offenses result in additional fines collected, the bill also results in a potential revenue gain.

Sections 1, 2, 5, 6, 8-14, and 17 make various changes that do not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database