OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5400

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN EDUCATION PERSONNEL RECORDS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

160,578

160,578

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

64,135

64,135

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various Local and Regional School Districts

Revenue Loss

None

1,000-10,000

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill requires local and regional boards of education and the State Department of Education (SDE) to participate in additional investigative measures to determine, prior to employment, whether an applicant has a history of sexual misconduct or abuse involving a child. It is anticipated that the additional requirements contained in the bill will result in additional personnel costs to SDE of $160,578, and corresponding fringe benefits of $64,135, annually.

Approximately 4,000 new teachers are hired throughout the state, annually. It is anticipated the additional measures regarding prior employment and investigations of a new employee, along with the responsibility of responding to inquiries from local and regional boards of education will result in the need for SDE to hire one additional Education Service Specialist, with an annual salary of approximately $76,374 and corresponding fringe benefits.

Additionally, the bill imposes an investigation and enforcement duty on SDE. SDE may take action against a local or regional school district that is not in compliance with the new requirements contained in the bill and may forfeit between $1,000 and $10,000 of a state grant, the local and regional school board would have otherwise received. This results in a potential minimal revenue loss to local and regional school districts not in compliance. Additionally, SDE would require one additional Staff Attorney with an average salary of $84,204, and corresponding fringe benefits, to complete the additional enforcement duties under the bill.

The additional investigative and enforcement measures in the bill could also result in additional human resource costs to various local and regional boards of education, which would vary, based on the number of additional new hires, annually. The larger the district, and corresponding new hires, the larger the additional costs could be.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation, except for the potential revenue loss to districts, which is dependent on compliance.

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 and FY 18.