OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-191

AN ACT CONCERNING CHARITABLE BINGO GAMES, BAZAARS, RAFFLES, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 6674)

Senate Calendar No.: 131


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Savings

38,094

38,094

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Savings

118,572

118,572

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Revenue Loss

131,720

94,220

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill as amended results in General Fund savings of $156,666 in both FY 18 and FY 19, as well as a revenue loss of $131,720 in FY 18 and $94,220 in FY 19. The net fiscal impact of the bill as amended is $24,946 in savings in FY 18, and savings in FY 19 and annually thereafter of $62,446.

The revenue loss is due to the elimination of various occupational licenses. Regulations to implement the swimming pool assembler's license, which the bill as amended eliminates, were recently adopted. It is anticipated that licensure revenues from 750 licensees in the absence of the bill as amended will total $112,500 in FY 18 and $75,000 in FY 19, and then $75,000 annually thereafter. Licensure revenues from the other occupational licenses eliminated by the bill as amended totaled $19,220 in FY 16.

The revenue loss from the elimination of the swimming pool assembler's license is offset by savings from the same elimination. In the absence of the bill as amended, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) will need two additional personnel to handle licensure and complaints, a DCP Inspector and a DCP Inspection Aide. Salaries and fringe benefits for the positions will cost $100,036 and $38,094 respectively, per year. The bill as amended eliminates the need for these positions, resulting in corresponding General Fund savings to the Department of Consumer Protection and the Office of the State Comptroller. The equipment and other expenses that would have been required for the personnel are also eliminated by the bill as amended, resulting in additional savings to the General Fund of $18,536.

The bill as amended eliminates real estate student intern programs, which does not result in a fiscal impact as there are no state revenues or costs associated with these programs.

Senate “A” struck the underlying bill and the associated fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

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.