OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5578

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

None

See Below

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

None

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

This bill bans purchasing, selling, or possessing ivory, ivory products, and/or rhinoceros horn.1

The bill creates new class B misdemeanors for violations of provisions of the bill. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new offenses under this 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 also requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to retain any seized ivory or rhinoceros horn for educational or training purposes, or requires DEEP to donate those pieces to certain institutions. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.2

The Out Years

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

1 Exemptions to the ban include certain antiques or musical instruments, transfers to beneficiaries, and activities by educational or scientific institutions or museums.

2 It is estimated four to eight cases may be prosecuted annually.