OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6663

AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE MISCONDUCT.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8455

File Copy No.: 221

House Calendar No.: 174


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Treasurer, Debt Serv.

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Bridgeport; New Haven; Stamford; Hartford; Waterbury; Norwalk; Danbury

STATE MANDATE - Potential Cost

See Below

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Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and the associated fiscal impact. The amendment results in the impact described below.

Division of Criminal Justice

The amendment requires the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) to complete a preliminary status report within 40 days of the death of a person that resulted from physical force used in the performance of a peace officer's duties. There is no fiscal impact to this provision as it is anticipated that DCJ will be able to comply with this change without additional resources. Current law requires that the Division of Criminal Justice to investigate all such deaths but does not require a time frame.

Municipal Impact

The amendment, which requires police departments of municipalities with a population of at least 75,000 to outfit their patrol officers with body-worn cameras, results in a potential cost. While it is anticipated these cities will use state funding secured through bonding to purchase body-worn cameras, there may be a cost associated with additional staffing and data storage to administer the program.

Costs associated with body worn cameras include storage of large amounts of data, legal staff to handle any requests for information by the general public, and video technician and information technology staff. These ongoing operational costs are unlikely to be reimbursable under the existing bond authorization. Any such cost will vary by municipality depending on its staffing and infrastructure capability.

Body Camera Bond Funds

The body-worn camera purchase program is funded through General Obligation (GO) bond funds. The program has been authorized for $12 million in net bond funds since its inception in 2015.1 As of May 30th, the unallocated bond balance available to the program is approximately $9.1 million. The amendment does not change GO bond authorizations relevant to the program.

Future General Fund debt service costs may be incurred sooner under the amendment to the degree that the amendment causes authorized GO bond funds to be expended more rapidly than they otherwise would have been.

There is potential for municipalities who purchase or have purchased items from the expanded allowable item list, as described in the amendment, to seek increased or additional reimbursements.

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 $3 million of the original $15 million authorization was cancelled by PA 16-4 MSS.