Introduced by Representative Flory of Pittsford
Subject: Legislature; fiscal impact statement; penal statutes
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require the joint fiscal office to prepare, and the legislature to consider, statements which analyze fiscal impacts of an enactment or amendment of any penal statute.
AN ACT RELATING TO FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR ENACTMENT OR AMENDMENT OF ANY PENAL STATUTE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 2 V.S.A. § 206 is added to read:
§ 206. ENACTMENT OR AMENDMENT OF PENAL STATUTE;
FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS REQUIRED
(a) Prior to the enactment or amendment of any penal statute, the joint fiscal office shall prepare an impact statement which analyzes its fiscal impact on the criminal justice system with the assistance of the following state agencies: the office of the attorney general, the office of the defender general, the department of state's attorneys and sheriffs, the office of court administrator, the department of public safety, the department of corrections, the Vermont criminal justice training council, and any other local or state agency which demonstrates that the proposed legislation may have a fiscal impact. These agencies shall provide information deemed necessary when requested by the joint fiscal office.
(b) The impact statement shall include estimates of additional personnel and facilities and the amount of additional funds required to effectively implement the new or amended penal statute. The impact statement shall be included as part of any relevant legislation prior to its passage. However, the existence of an impact statement required by this section in proposed legislation shall not, by that reason alone, require the referral of the bill to the house or senate standing committee on appropriations.
(c) The appropriations and capital budgets of the legislative session in which any penal statute is enacted or amended shall be reflective of, and give full consideration to, the impact statement required by subsection (a) of this section.
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