OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6663

AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE MISCONDUCT.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6890

File Copy No.: 221

House Calendar No.: 174


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Criminal Justice, Div.

GF - Cost

Up to 1.7 million

Up to 1.7 million

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

Up to 526,000

Up to 526,000

Criminal Justice, Div.; Judicial Dept.; Dept. of Administrative Services; Correction, Dept.; Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

GF - Potential Savings

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Municipal Police Departments

Potential Savings

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The amendment strikes the cost of the underlying bill ($5.6 million annually) and replaces it with language that results in a cost of up to $2.2 million annually.

The amendment requires that the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) investigate all cases where a peace officer uses physical force and specified conditions apply. It is estimated that the amendment will result in at least 500 cases annually and as all investigations must be completed within 15 business days, it is anticipated that DCJ will require up to 20 additional staff to conduct investigations at a cost of up to $1.4 million for salaries, $255,200 for other expenses associated with the positions, and fringe benefits of $526,000.

To the extent that a state or municipal employee is suspended without pay under the investigation requirements, the amendment results in potential savings as it is current practice to suspend such employees with pay. In addition, the amendment requires the termination of employment if the employee is convicted or pleads guilty or nolo contendere, and results in potential savings.

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.