OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5400

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN EDUCATION PERSONNEL RECORDS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5439

File Copy No.: 605

House Calendar No.: 373

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

76,374

76,374

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

30,504

30,504

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact.

The amendment requires local and regional boards of education and the State Department of Education (SDE) to participate in additional investigative measures to determine, prior to employment, whether an applicant has a history of sexual misconduct or abuse involving a child. It is anticipated that the additional requirements contained in the amendment will result in additional personnel costs to SDE of $76,374, and corresponding fringe benefits of $30,504 annually.

Approximately 4,000 new teachers are hired throughout the state, annually. It is anticipated the additional measures regarding prior employment and investigations of a new employee, along with the responsibility of responding to inquiries from local and regional boards of education will result in the need for SDE to hire one additional Education Service Specialist, with an annual salary of approximately $76,374 and corresponding fringe benefits.

The additional investigative measures in the amendment could also result in additional human resource costs to various local and regional boards of education, which would vary, based on the number of additional new hires, annually. The larger the district, and corresponding new hires, the larger the additional costs could be.

The amendment increases the penalty for certain cases of threatening and results in a potential revenue gain from criminal fines, and a potential cost for increased sentences.  In FY 15 there were 11 charges with a total revenue gain of $2,640.  Currently there are 35 inmates incarcerated for the charges specified.

To the extent that offenders are adults and are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this amendment, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community would result.  On average, it costs the state $7,260 (including benefits) to supervise an inmate in the community as opposed to $61,320 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender.  To the extent that offenders are minors and are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this amendment, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community would result.  On average, it costs the state approximately $20,000 (including benefits) for juvenile probation as opposed to $109,865 (including benefits) to incarcerate a juvenile.

In addition the amendment allows a minor's name to be removed from the record in certain summary process judgements, which does not result in a fiscal impact.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 39.94% of payroll in FY 17 and FY 18.