OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6334

AN ACT REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF ANIMAL SHELTERS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Revenue Gain

Less than 50,000

Less than 50,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes several changes to existing law concerning privately-operated animal shelters.

Specifically, it results in a revenue gain expected to be less than $50,000 annually based on the number of shelter registrations and violations that occur.

The bill also requires anyone operating or maintaining an animal shelter to register with DoAg and pay an application fee of $50 under certain conditions. Anyone operating a shelter without a valid registration is subject to a fine of up to $200.

Additionally, the bill authorizes DoAg to inspect animal shelters and allows fines of up to $500 for each affected animal under certain unsatisfactory conditions. This provision may result in potential revenue from new fines. It is not known at this point how many fines will result from animal shelter inspections and violations.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of shelter registrations and fines.