OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5621

AN ACT CONCERNING HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5159

File Copy No.: 425

House Calendar No.: 290

OFA Fiscal Note

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

The amendment, which increases the membership of the Trafficking in Persons Council, may result in minimal costs to those agency staff for mileage expenses.

The amendment makes various changes to criminal statutes regarding prostitution, human trafficking, and enticing a minor. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this amendment, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community, or judicial revenue 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.

In addition, the amendment makes changes to the fines for patronizing a prostitute, establishing a set fine for the offense and results in additional potential fine revenue.

The amendment makes changes to specified forfeiture laws concerning sexual exploitation and is anticipated to result in potential minimal revenue gain. While the amendment allows all money and property (including motor vehicles) seized on the arrested person to be forfeited to the state, based on current arrests it is anticipated that it will generate minimal revenue as most of these crimes do not occur in owner vehicles.

The amendment also requires the Division of Criminal Justice and municipal police chief to annually report information on trafficking cases to the Children's and Judiciary committees, which is not expected to result in a fiscal impact.

In addition, the amendment makes changes to statute pertaining to promoting and permitting prostitution, establishing a set fine for the offense and results in additional potential fine revenue.

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.