OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5442

AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGAL AGE TO MARRY IN THIS STATE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 6729)

House Calendar No.: 378


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Resources of the GF

GF - Potential Revenue Loss

less than 300

less than 400

Probate Court

PCAF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 3.500

Less than 4.500

Note: PCAF=Probate Court Administration Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Revenue Loss

less than 200

less than 300

Explanation

The bill results in a potential revenue loss of less than $400 to the General Fund and a revenue loss of less than $300 annually across various municipalities from marriage restrictions under the bill. In 2016, there were 16 brides, and no grooms, under 18-years-of-age married in Connecticut. While it is assumed that less than 20 such individuals become married annually, as the bill is effective 10/1/17, less than 15 individuals are assumed in FY 18. Of the $30 charged by a municipal registrar for a marriage license pursuant to CGS Sec. 7-73, $11 is retained by the municipality and $19 is provided to the Department of Public Health (DPH) for deposit into the General Fund.1

The bill also results in a potential revenue gain to the Probate Court Administration Fund by requiring a probate court hearing on behalf of a minor over 16 years of age but under 18 years of age who is applying for a marriage license. The filing fee for a probate court matter is $225. As less than 20 such license applications are anticipated annually, the amendment results in potential revenue gain to the Probate Court Administration Fund of less than $4,500 annually.

House “A” changed the restrictions for marriages for minors and added the requirement of the probate court hearing.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of marriage licenses issued.

1 Funds are then further credited to a separate nonlapsing account for use by the Department of Social Services for shelter services for victims of household abuse and by DPH for rape crisis services.