OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6663

AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE MISCONDUCT.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Criminal Justice, Div.

GF - Cost

4.3 million

4.3 million

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

1.3 million

1.3 million

Criminal Justice, Div.; Judicial Dept.; Dept. of Administrative Services; Correction, Dept.; Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Potential Savings

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Municipal Police Departments

Potential Savings

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The bill requires that the Division of Criminal Justice investigate all cases where a peace officer uses physical force and results in a cost of approximately $5.6 million. It is estimated that the bill will result in at least 1,0002 additional investigations annually. As the bill requires all investigations to be done within five business days, the Division of Criminal Justice would require 49 additional staff to conduct the investigations at a cost of $3.4 million (additional fringe benefits of $1.3 million) for salary and $835,000 in Other Expenses. Each of the judicial district would require a prosecutor to supervise the investigations while the five largest JDs would each require four additional inspectors and the eight smaller JDs would require two additional inspectors.

To the extent that a state or municipal employee is suspended without pay under the investigation requirements, the bill results in potential savings as it is current practice to suspend such employees with pay. In addition, the bill requires the termination of employment if the employee is convicted or pleads guilty or nolo contendere, and results in potential savings.

The Out Years

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

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.

2 These cases involve the use of TASERS, nightsticks, pepper spray, manual restraint, guns, etc.