OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-7222

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8433

File Copy No.: 594

House Calendar No.: 396


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Various State Agencies

GF - Potential Cost

less than 1,000

None

Legislative Mgmt.

GF - Potential Cost

less than 500

None

Resources of the GF

GF - Revenue Gain

19,200

19,200

Resources of the GF

GF - Potential Revenue Loss

See Below

See Below

Resources of the GF

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact, replacing it with language that is anticipated to result in the following state fiscal impacts, listed by section below.

Section 20 establishes a $400 biennial registration fee for microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories. (State- and federally-operated laboratories are exempted from the fee.) The Department of Public Health currently registers and inspects 98 microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories every two years, but does not charge an associated fee. Assuming that half are registered in FY 18 and the other half registered in FY 19, annual General Fund revenue of $19,200 is anticipated.

Section 23 adds the Chairs of the Public Health Committee, or their designees, to the task force to study rare diseases. There may be a cost of less than $500 in FY 18 to the Office of Legislative Management to reimburse legislators participating in the task force for mileage expenses, currently at 53.5 cents/mile.

Section 24 prohibits the Connecticut Board of Examiners of Embalmers and Funeral Directors from taking disciplinary action against certain licensees under specified conditions, resulting in a potential revenue loss to the General Fund associated with forgone civil penalty revenue. Per CGS Sec. 19a-17, a board may assess a civil penalty of up to $25,000 with good cause.

Section 46 establishes a task force to study the projected state psychiatry workforce shortage. There may be a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 18 to those agencies participating in the task force to reimburse legislators and agency staff for mileage expenses.

Other provisions of the amendment are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

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.