OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-603

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S INDUSTRIAL HEMP INDUSTRY.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7372

File Copy No.: 268

Senate Calendar No.: 155


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Cost

68,250

136,500

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

25,990

51,979

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

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

Instead, it requires the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) to adopt regulations establishing a pilot program for growing industrial hemp by July 1, 2018. This new pilot program must study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.

This would result in costs to DoAg of $68,250 in FY 18 and $136,500 in FY 19 (plus fringe benefits of $25,990 in FY 18 and $51,979 in FY 19) for DoAg to hire two positions, as DoAg does not currently have expertise in this area.2

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.

2 assumes a December 1, 2017 start date for one Staff Attorney and an Agricultural Marketing and Inspection Representative I