OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-522

AN ACT AUTHORIZING BEAR HUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Up to 1,250

Up to 1,250

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

Less than $20,000

Less than $20,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to establish a black bear hunting season, and applies the same fees, penalties, requirements, and restrictions to black bear hunting as exist for deer hunting.

As it is anticipated that most people who would hunt black bear already purchase sportsmen licenses, the revenue gain associated with the sale of additional bear hunting licenses is expected less than $20,000.

In FY 16, there were 39,830 deer permits sold generating $1,231,590 in revenue.

Additionally, the bill subjects violators to a fine of $250 which may result in a revenue gain to the resources of the General Fund. It is anticipated that up to 5 violations would occur, generating up to $1,250 in revenue.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of licenses sold and the number of violations.