OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5589

AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7830

File Copy No.: 577

House Calendar No.: 379


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

State Elections Enforcement Commission

GF - Cost

117,870

292,991

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

44,885

111,571

Various State Agencies

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

State Elections Enforcement Commission

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal note.

The amendment modifies laws affecting elections, campaign finance, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC), and also makes changes to the Citizen's Election Program (CEP).

The amendment requires the SEEC to: (1) provide a preliminary examination of the complaint within fourteen days of receiving it, allowing the commission to use its discretion to dismiss cases of de minimis violations or allegations without substantial violations of state election law, (2) docket the complaint within forty-five days following the receipt of such complaint if is not resolved, and (3) issue a decision or dismiss the complaint within one year. The amendment also reduces candidate grants based on committee filing dates.

Currently, SEEC has no timeframe in which to complete an investigation. By requiring investigations to be completed in one year, SEEC will need to have four additional staff at a cost of approximately $162,755 in FY 18 (partial year) and $404,562 in FY 19 (annualized) to meet the time deadlines.

Under the amendment, grants to candidates can be reduced based on when applications are submitted. This may result in savings to the CEF. However, it is anticipated that the majority of candidates will file applications earlier to receive the full grant amount. This would result in a significant workload increase. SEEC may need additional resources to cover anticipated overtime costs. Currently, SEEC receives grant applications over a multi month period.

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.

Sources:

State Elections Enforcement Commission

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.