OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-1014

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7652

File Copy No.: 569

Senate Calendar No.: 303


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Eliminates Cost in Bill

107,864

107,864

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Eliminates Cost in Bill

23,939

23,939

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

Local and Regional School Districts

Eliminates Cost in Bill

31,250

Explanation

The amendment eliminates a cost of $86,803 ($62,864 for salary and $23,939 for fringe benefits) in the underlying bill associated with one additional Education Services Assistant to conduct criminal background checks and records review for private school employee applicants.

The amendment requires all nonpublic school employees to submit to a criminal history records check through the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). It requires nonpublic schools to reimburse DESPP for all associated fees. It is expected that DESPP will charge nonpublic schools for the full amount of any costs incurred; therefore the amendment is expected to be revenue neutral to the agency.

The amendment eliminates the requirement that certain school nurses complete training within one year of appointment, which eliminates the cost of $31,250 in FY 18 and minimal costs in FY 19 to local and regional school districts.

The amendment also eliminates the provision requiring SDE to establish the Literacy Is Fundamental for Education program. This eliminates the associated cost of $45,000 in both FY 18 and FY 19.

The amendment makes various other procedural and clarifying changes that do not result in a fiscal impact.

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.