OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

http://www.cga.ct.gov/ofa

sHB-7222

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Resources of the GF

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Resources of the GF

GF - Revenue Gain

19,200

19,200

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a potential minimal revenue gain to the General Fund and an annual General Fund revenue gain of $19,200.

Section 7 requires licensed health care institutions to report to DPH, within four hours of discovery, any major systems failures or incidents that cause the institution to activate its emergency preparedness plan. If an institution fails to do so, DPH may impose a fine of up to $100 per day, beginning with the date of the failure or incident until the institution reports it. This may result in a potential minimal revenue gain to the General Fund to the extent that such failures/incidents occur, the number of days before reports are made, and the agency's imposition of the associated fine.

Section 22 establishes a $400 biennial registration fee for microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories. (State- and federally-operated laboratories are exempted from the fee.) DPH currently registers and inspects 98 microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories every two years, but does not charge an associated fee. Assuming that half are registered in FY 18 and the other half registered in FY 19, annual General Fund revenue of $19,200 in anticipated.

Other provisions of the bill are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to fines imposed for failure to report and the number of registered microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories.