OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1014

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 7652)

Senate Calendar No.: 303


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Local and Regional School Districts

Revenue Gain

10 million statewide

None

Explanation

The bill makes various procedural, clarifying, and technical changes to the education statutes. The three sections described below result in a fiscal impact to various entities.

Section 1 extends the school security grant program under the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) by one year until July 1, 2018. To date, DESPP has awarded $26.6 million in school security grants, and has a balance of $10 million, which is anticipated to be awarded in FY 18. The infrastructure grants yield a corresponding revenue increase to receiving local and regional boards of education.

Section 17 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to conduct random compliance audits of school bus companies to ensure obligations are met regarding drivers who have motor vehicle operator license suspensions. This does not result in a fiscal impact as DMV has access to the required data and has standards in place to ensure proper compliance.

Section 17 also results in a potential revenue gain from companies who may be found to not be in compliance with Department of Motor Vehicle report. It is not known how many companies will be subject to the $92 infraction under this bill.

Section 502 requires all nonpublic school employees to submit to a criminal history records check through the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). It requires nonpublic schools to reimburse DESPP for all associated fees. It is expected that DESPP will charge nonpublic schools for the full amount of any costs incurred; therefore the amendment is expected to be revenue neutral to the agency.

Senate “A” eliminates a cost of $86,803 ($62,864 for salary and $23,939 for fringe benefits) in the underlying bill associated with one additional Education Services Assistant to conduct criminal background checks and records review for private school employee applicants.

It also requires all nonpublic school employees to submit to a criminal history records check through the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). This has no net impact to the state, as described in Section 502, above.

Senate “A” eliminates the requirement that certain school nurses complete training within one year of appointment, which eliminates the cost of $31,250 in FY 18 and minimal costs in FY 19 to local and regional school districts.

Lastly, Senate “A” eliminates the provision requiring SDE to establish the Literacy Is Fundamental for Education program. This eliminates the associated cost of $45,000 in both FY 18 and FY 19.

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.