OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-522

AN ACT AUTHORIZING BEAR HUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7396

File Copy No.: 241

Senate Calendar No.: 142


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Up to 1,250

Up to 1,250

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

Less than $20,000

Less than $20,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

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

The amendment requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to establish a black bear hunting season in Litchfield County, and applies the same fees, penalties, requirements, and restrictions to black bear hunting as exist for deer hunting.

As it is anticipated that most people who would hunt black bear already purchase sportsmen licenses, the revenue gain associated with the sale of additional bear hunting licenses is expected less than $20,000.

In FY 16, there were 39,830 deer permits sold generating $1,231,590 in revenue.

Additionally, the bill subjects violators to a fine of $200 which may result in a revenue gain to the resources of the General Fund. It is anticipated that up to 5 violations would occur, generating up to $1,250 in revenue.

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.