OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6333

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Cost

65,584

65,584

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

24,974

24,974

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill names the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) as the lead agency for implementing, administering, and enforcing the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and related regulations.

DoAG has been awarded a five year grant in the amount of $3.6 million from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the implementation of certain aspects of the FSMA.

DoAg would need three positions (Agriculture Marketing and Inspection Representative 1, Agriculture Marketing and Inspection Representative 2, and an Executive Assistant/General Counsel) to enforce the FSMA. The annualized salary cost for the three positions is $226,000. The FDA grant would cover the costs of the two inspection positions and one-third of the cost for the general counsel position, including fringe benefits. The cost to DoAg for two-thirds of the general counsel position would be $65,584 in both FY 18 and FY 19. In addition, the fringe benefit costs are $24,974 in both FY 18 and FY 19.

The Out Years

The FDA grant is for five years. If a future FDA grant is unavailable, DoAg would be responsible for the salaries of the three positions.

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.