OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

http://www.cga.ct.gov/ofa

April 8, 2016

ADDENDUM

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.

.Sources:

Department of Revenue Services, FY 14 Room Occupancy Tax Statistics