OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-102

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND AGRICULTURE-RELATED STATUTES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Preclude Revenue Loss

Significant

Significant

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

Less than 15,000

Less than 15,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes several minor revisions and technical changes to various environmental protection and agricultural laws.

It makes technical changes to the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) farmland preservation and community farm programs, altering state statute to conform to federal regulation. This is anticipated to preclude a significant revenue loss to DoAg associated with federal farmland preservation funds. Currently, DoAg has cooperative agreements with the federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) of approximately $14.5 million.

Also, the bill allows commercial foresters and pesticide applicators to submit certification renewals to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 60 days after their certification lapses, with submittal of a late fee.1 The new late fee provision would result in a minimal revenue gain to DEEP, anticipated to be less than $15,000 in both FY 19 and FY 20.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the amount of fees.

1 There are 544 forest practitioners and 9,262 pesticide applicators certified through DEEP.