OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5274

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF DRONES.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 5515)

House Calendar No.: 231

Senate Calendar No.: 566

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dpt (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill creates a new class C felony for the use of weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles, and a new class E felony for launching or landing a drone from a correctional facility, and expands the crime of voyeurism to include provisions related to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. There are currently three offenders incarcerated for violations of statutes related to dropping weapons near correctional facilities and voyeurism.

To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under the bill, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community, or judicial revenue 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.

The bill authorizes law enforcement officers to use drones in certain circumstances. The Police Officer Training and Standards Council and the Chief State's Attorney shall develop a report regarding guidelines for law enforcement drone operations and records retention by January 1, 2018. These provisions will not result in a fiscal impact.

House Amendment “A” struck the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact and resulted in the impact described above.

The Out Years

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