OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
Hartford, CT 06106 ↓ (860) 240-0200
April 8, 2016
To Fiscal Note on
sHB-5621, File No. 425
AN ACT CONCERNING HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Section 5 of the bill, which requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to certify that operators of hotels, motels, inns, or similar lodgings annually train their employees on the recognition of possible human trafficking victims and activities, results in an annualized cost of approximately $10,000 to the agency. This cost is anticipated to be less in FY 17 (approximately $7,000) as the section is effective 10/1/2016. Operators that fail to comply with training requirements may be found guilty of a class A misdemeanor, which results in a potential minimal General Fund revenue gain to the extent that individuals are fined for noncompliance.
The cost to DCF reflects a contractor processing technician time of a half hour, on average, at a cost of $30 an hour. There are more than 600 such lodgings in Connecticut. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Department of Revenue Services, FY 14 Room Occupancy Tax Statistics