OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-468

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Human Rights & Opportunities, Com.

GF - Revenue Loss

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Human Rights & Opportunities, Com.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill alters various laws on discrimination complaints within the purview of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).

The bill requires the chief court administrator to designate judge trial referees (JTRs) to hear CHRO discrimination complaints, and allows CHRO to appoint JTRs when there is a specified backlog of complaints, both within available CHRO appropriations. To the extent that a backlog exists, there is a potential cost, which is not expected to be significant. The current daily rate for a JTR is $251.

The bill also requires the court to order a respondent to pay CHRO its fees and costs, in addition to a civil penalty of up to $10,000, under certain circumstances. This may result in a revenue gain.

The Out Years

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