OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5141

AN ACT CONCERNING CONCUSSIONS AND YOUTH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED ON PUBLIC ATHLETIC FIELDS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Potential Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Various Municipalities

Savings

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill could result in a potential cost to various municipalities, anticipated to be less than $1,000, associated with broadening the definition of youth athletic activities, and including five and six-year-olds to the concussion statement requirement.

Depending on how a municipality chooses to handle the broadened requirement and additional concussion statements, will alter the potential costs incurred by those municipalities. Municipalities may incur costs as follows: 1) a municipality that provides such information electronically would not incur any costs; 2) a municipality that provides the information in person, upon registration would incur minimal printing costs; 3) a municipality that chooses to print and mail concussion-related information would likely incur costs of less than $1,000.

The bill increases how frequently intramural and interscholastic athletic coaches must complete a concussion refresher course. It is not clear who would be responsible for paying for the training course. If individual coaches assumed the cost of the additional training, there would be no additional cost to municipalities. However, if individual coaches did not assume the additional cost, there would be an increased cost to municipalities associated with the additional training, which could be incorporated into the annual professional development schedule for coaches. It is anticipated that incorporating head injury and concussion training into the annual professional development schedule would result in a minimal cost associated with the need to hire additional trainers at a cost of approximately $75 - $100 per hour.

The bill also precludes, in certain circumstances, operators and their designees, the state, and any municipality operating a public athletic field, immunity from civil liability. Municipalities that are currently liable in these situations may experience a savings to the extent that it reduces the number of lawsuits such municipalities are party to.

The Out Years

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