OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-459

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COUNTING OF INCARCERATED PERSONS FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS AND DISTRIBUTING STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

The Out Years

All Municipalities

Shift in State and Federal Aid

None

None

Potential Significant

Explanation

There is no fiscal impact associated with requiring the Department of Correction to provide a list of names and addresses to the Secretary of State.

The bill requires the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) in FY 2021 to adjust census counts related to inmate population to their home address prior to incarceration. As OLR does not have expertise in geographical information systems they would have to hire an outside firm to perform this analysis. This could result in a cost ranging from $40,000 - $60,000.

The bill requires the revised town population estimates determined by OLR to be used in any state and Federal grant formulas in which population is a variable. As the bill requires prisoners to be considered residents of the towns they are from, this would likely result in a potentially significant loss of state and Federal aid to any town with large prison populations, beginning in FY 21.1

In any instance in which a state or Federal grant is prorated, any revenue loss to towns with a large prison population would result in a corresponding revenue gain to all other municipalities.

The Out Years

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

1 Towns with prison populations include: Bridgeport, Brooklyn, Cheshire, Danbury (Federal prisoners), East Lyme, Enfield, Hartford, Montville, New Haven, Newtown, Somers, and Suffield.