OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5743

AN ACT CONCERNING HATE CRIMES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

Less than 57,000

Less than 57,000

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Cost

Less than 175,000

Less than 175,000

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill increases the penalty for certain crimes and results in a potential cost for increased incarceration or probation. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for expanded offenses under this bill, 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.

The bill increases the minimum fine for certain crimes and results in a potential revenue gain. However, there have been no fines collected for the crimes specified in the past five years.

There is a fiscal impact to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) resulting from the bill, which requires that the agency establish a hate crimes hotline. To the extent that DESPP will need to hire up to three employees to staff the hotline, which will presumably be open 24 hours a day, at a cost of less than $175,000 annually for salary and administrative costs. In addition, this will result in a cost of less than $57,000 annually for fringe benefits.

While the bill calls for the hotline to be funded by revenue from any penalties for crimes outlined in the bill, it is expected such revenue will be minimal, and therefore, insufficient to cover the above costs. There have been no fines collected for the crimes specified in the past five years.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and the number of violations.

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 38.08% of payroll in FY 18 and FY 19.