OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5299

AN ACT CONCERNING TOXIC FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED RESIDENTIAL FURNITURE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

None

None

11,583

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

None

None

62,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the state of $73,583 in FY 19. This includes the cost of a part-time Product Safety Inspector (PSI) at the Department of Consumer Protection ($29,000) with associated Other Expenses ($5,000) and testing costs ($28,000), along with a fringe benefit cost of $11,583.

The PSI would be responsible for periodically monitoring manufacturing and retail establishments for compliance. The monitoring would include purchasing suspect items and having such items tested for toxic fire retardants. It is assumed that approximately 80 products per year would be tested at a cost of $350 per item.

The Out Years

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

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 39.94% of payroll in FY 17, FY 18 and FY 19.