OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

http://www.cga.ct.gov/ofa

SB-191

AN ACT CONCERNING CHARITABLE BINGO GAMES, BAZAARS, RAFFLES, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6674

File Copy No.: 197

Senate Calendar No.: 131


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Savings

38,094

38,094

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Savings

118,572

118,572

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Revenue Loss

112,500

75,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

All Municipalities

Eliminates Revenue Gain in Bill

Minimal

Minimal

Explanation

The amendment results in General Fund savings of $156,666 in both FY 18 and FY 19, as well as a revenue loss of $112,500 in FY 18 and $75,000 in FY 19, due to eliminating the swimming pool assembler's license. The net fiscal impact of the amendment is $44,166 in savings in FY 18, and savings in FY 19 and annually thereafter of $81,666.

Regulations to implement the swimming pool assembler's license were recently adopted. It is anticipated that licensure revenues from 750 licensees would have totaled $112,500 in FY 18 and $75,000 in FY 19, and then $75,000 annually thereafter.

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) would have needed two additional personnel to handle licensure and complaints, a DCP Inspector and a DCP Inspection Aide. Salaries and fringe benefits for the positions would have cost $100,036 and $38,094 respectively, per year. The amendment eliminates the need for these positions, resulting in corresponding General Fund savings at the Department of Consumer Protection and the Office of the State Comptroller. The equipment and other expenses that would have been required for the personnel are also eliminated by the amendment, resulting in additional savings to the General Fund of $18,536.

The amendment eliminates real estate student intern programs, which does not result in a fiscal impact as there are no state revenues or costs associated with these programs.

The amendment retains the bill's elimination of certain occupational licenses and permits.

The amendment removes the revenue gain to municipalities within the underlying bill. The amendment retains DCP's oversight on bingo and raffle games, removing the shift of authority and associated revenue to municipalities within the underlying bill.

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.