Date Requested:January 12, 2011
Time Requested:05:02 PM
Agency: State Police, West Virginia
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1091 Introduced HB2282
CBD Subject: ELIMINATE CIB FEES FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPTS
FUND(S)
0453
Sources of Revenue
General Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    It is practically impossible to accurately determine the fiscal impact on costs and revenue. We do not keep specific data on employer specific background checks.
    
    According to the State Fire Marshall, in 2008 there were 11,547 volunteer firemen in our state, all of whom could be subject to a free background check each year. Considering that we currently conduct approximately 55,000 checks each year with a staff of no more than 20, the cost to assume this responsibility could be enormous.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 154,231 154,231
Personal Services 0 99,544 99,544
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 54,687 54,687
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    In order to meet the potential incrase for this service, it would require a minimum of four employees, consisting of two office assistants and two fingerprint technicians.


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Ron Twohig, Comptroller
Email Address:
rtwohig@wvsp.state.wv.us
    This bill does not specify that free checks must be conducted for official use of the volunteer fire departments.
    
    A criminal record check ($10) obtained through the central abuse record check process would provide a more complete record check.
    
    A more practical approach would be to provide record checks at a reduced cost rather than without charge.
    
    This background check satisfies only state and not federal background check requirements.
    
    The proposed legislation places no limits on how many background checks per year an individual could request.
    
    It should also be noted that the revenue derived from these criminal record checks is used to offset the unfunded liability associated with the trooper's Plan A (Death, Disability and Retirement Fund) retirement system.