OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-139

AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A TROUT STAMP AND A RESIDENT GAME BIRD CONSERVATION STAMP, AMENDING CERTAIN HUNTING AND FISHING FEES FOR RESIDENTS LESS THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND ERECTING A PHEASANT STOCKING ACCOUNT AND PROGRAM.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

At least 100,000

At least 100,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill allows the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to establish regulations for the sale of trout stamps at a fee of up to $10. It is anticipated that if regulations are adopted, the fee would be set at $5. This would result in a revenue gain anticipated to be at least $100,000.

The bill expands the type of birds that can be hunted with a migratory bird stamp and increases, from $13 to $17, the maximum fee DEEP can charge for the stamp. Assuming the same number of stamps sold as last year, this would result in a revenue gain of $13,128. In 2015, there were 3,282 migratory bird stamps sold.

Additionally, the bill expands a voluntary $2 donation program for migratory game bird conservation. To the extent donations increase, there may be a revenue gain to the subaccount of the migratory bird conservation account, which is a separate, non-lapsing account of the general fund.

Additionally, the bill decreases the fee by 50% (rounded to the next highest dollar) for any hunting, trapping, or fishing permit, tag, or stamp, for a child under age 16. In 2015, there were 1,654 hunting permits, stamps, and tags issued to youth hunters generating $29,800. Assuming the same number of permits, stamps, and tags sold as last year, this provision would result in a revenue loss of $14,900 annually.

Also, the bill establishes a separate, non-lapsing pheasant stocking account for the pheasant stocking program. This does not result in a fiscal impact, as the bill does not appropriate funding for the account.

Lastly, the bill requires DEEP to adopt various hunting regulations related to these new provisions, which can be done with existing staff expertise. This does not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact described above depends on the number of stamps/licenses sold and the amount of donations received.