OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5356

AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS FOR DAMS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

Savings

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill allows dam owners to update an emergency action plan (EAP) by amending only the sections of it that changed, rather than providing a new, complete plan. Currently, owners of high or significant hazard dams must update EAP documents at least every two years, or more often, to reflect significant changes.1

The bill may result in a savings to certain municipalities. Municipalities that own high or significant hazard dams and retain consultants would no longer have to engage their services every two years to prepare EAP's. Also, municipalities may also realize printing and mailing savings as they can amend EAP's instead of reproducing entire plan documents.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the cost of outside consultants, and the cost of printing and postage.

1 An emergency action plan is a formal document that identifies potential emergency conditions at a high or significant hazard dam and specifies preplanned actions to be followed to minimize property damage and loss of life.