Date Requested:February 23, 2005
Time Requested:02:53 PM
Agency: Higher Education Policy Commission
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2005R1120 Intro SB255
CBD Subject: Tuition & Fee Waiver
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
Special Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    Senate Bill 255 (Reference No. 2005R1120), would amend West Virginia Code §18B-10-7 to include parole officers and probation officers.
    
    As stated below:
    §18B-10-7 “Tuition and fee waivers for children and spouses of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
    
    Each state institution of higher education shall permit any person to attend its undergraduate courses and classes if classroom space is available without charging such person any tuition or any fees, including those provided in sections two and three of this article, if such person is the child or spouse of a law-enforcement officer as defined in section one, article twenty-nine, chapter thirty of this code…”
    
    
    If a parole or probation officer were killed in the line of duty and his/her spouse or children would take advantage of this opportunity, the estimated cost could be projected as follows:
    
    The average cost of regular tuition and fees for an in-state full-time undergraduate student for Academic Year 2004-2005 is:
    
     $3,547 per student if attending a four-year institution
     $2,388 per student if attending a two-year institution
    
    According to the Department of Corrections, as of February 2005, to the best of their knowledge, one parole or probation officer was killed in the line of duty during the past year. It is not possible to project how many parole or probation officers’ spouses or children would take advantage of this bill.
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2005
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2006
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Patricia W. Hunt
Email Address:
phunt@hepc.wvnet.edu
    Clarification should be made as to what constitutes "killed in the line of duty" since there could be different interpretations of what is considered within the line of duty.