OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-139

AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A TROUT STAMP AND A RESIDENT GAME BIRD CONSERVATION STAMP, AMENDING CERTAIN HUNTING AND FISHING FEES FOR RESIDENTS LESS THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND ERECTING A PHEASANT STOCKING ACCOUNT AND PROGRAM.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5164

File Copy No.: 365

Senate Calendar No.: 257

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

At least 100,000

At least 100,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment allows the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to establish regulations for the sale of trout stamps at a fee of up to $10. It is anticipated that if regulations are adopted, the fee would be set at $5. This would result in a revenue gain anticipated to be at least $100,000.

The amendment expands the type of birds that can be hunted with a migratory bird stamp and increases, from $13 to $17, the maximum fee DEEP can charge for the stamp. Assuming the same number of stamps sold as last year, this would result in a revenue gain of $13,128. In 2015, there were 3,282 migratory bird stamps sold.

Additionally, the amendment expands a voluntary $2 donation program for migratory game bird conservation. To the extent donations increase, there may be a revenue gain to the subaccount of the migratory bird conservation account, which is a separate, non-lapsing account of the general fund.

Additionally, the amendment decreases the fee by 50% (rounded to the next highest dollar) for any hunting, trapping, or fishing permit, tag, or stamp, for a child under age 16. In 2015, there were 1,654 hunting permits, stamps, and tags issued to youth hunters generating $29,800. Assuming the same number of permits, stamps, and tags sold as last year, this provision would result in a revenue loss of $14,900 annually.

Lastly, the amendment requires DEEP to adopt various hunting regulations related to these new provisions, which can be done with existing staff expertise. This 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.