OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-428

AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING OF LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE POOR.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Loss

Up to 2.4 million

Up to 2.4 million

Judicial Dept.; IOLTA Program

SF - Revenue Gain

1.2 milion

1 milion

Note: SF=Special Fund (Non-appropriated); GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill increases specified court filing fees, resulting in revenue gain of approximately $1.2 million annually. The bill specifies that this additional revenue be used for legal services for the poor.

The bill also expands the use of the Client Security Fund, allowing any fees collected after October 1, 2016 to be used for grants for legal services for the poor. The fund receives approximately $2.4 million from fees each year. The bill does not specify the amount that can be provided from these resources, therefore the impact to the fund could be up to $2.4 million per year.

The Out Years

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