OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5315

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF THE HABITUATION OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS AND THE STATUS OF SNAPPING TURTLES UNDER STATE LAW.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Under $150

Under $150

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill expands the authority of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to adopt regulations for restricting the feeding of certain animals on private property.

To the extent these regulations are adopted and enforced, there could be a revenue gain associated with infractions, anticipated to be less than $150 annually. In FY 15, there were five wildlife infractions for which $375 in revenue was collected.

Also, the bill removes a current exemption on a ban of commercially harvested snapping turtles, once DEEP adopts regulations. As there is no fee for the commercial snapping turtle endorsement, and regulations have already been adopted for this purpose, there is no fiscal impact associated with this provision. There have been 452 endorsements issued to date.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of infractions.