OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5621

AN ACT CONCERNING HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 5225)

House Calendar No.: 290

Senate Calendar No.: 534

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

See Below

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Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost/Revenue Loss

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Municipal Police Departments

Revenue Gain

See Below

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Explanation

The bill, which increases the membership of the Trafficking in Persons Council, may result in minimal costs to those agency staff for mileage expenses.

The bill makes various changes to criminal statutes regarding prostitution, human trafficking, and enticing a minor. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded 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.

In addition, the bill establishes a set fine for patronizing a prostitute and promoting and permitting prostitution and results in additional potential fine revenue.

The bill makes changes to specified forfeiture laws concerning sexual exploitation and is anticipated to result in potential minimal revenue gain. While the bill allows all money and property (including motor vehicles) seized on the arrested person to be forfeited to the state, based on current arrests it is anticipated that it will generate minimal revenue as most of these crimes do not occur in owner vehicles.

The bill also requires the Division of Criminal Justice and municipal police chief to annually report information on trafficking cases to the Children's and Judiciary committees, which is not expected to result in a fiscal impact.

House “A” strikes the underlying bill and replaces it with language that results in the fiscal impact described above.

The Out Years

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