Date Requested:February 15, 2011
Time Requested:05:04 PM
Agency: State Police, West Virginia
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R2523 Introduced SB431
CBD Subject: DNA COLLECTION
FUND(S)
0453
Sources of Revenue
General Fund,Special Fund
Legislation creates:
A New Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    The impact of this measure will increase by approximately 2000 the number of individuals collected under this article. At a cost of $39.28/sample the increased cost is approximately $79,000.
    
    

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 79,000 79,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 79,000 79,000
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 20,000 20,000
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    3. Currently the samples collected under this law are received and documented by the State Police. A portion of the sample is then sent to Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC) for DNA analysis. The only funds being requested are to compensate MUFSC for the additional kits and analysis of these samples. The number of additional samples is based on information from the Supreme Court Administration, the Juvenile Services website and conversations with a number of Sheriff’s Departments. While the number of additional samples collected under this bill is expected to remain relatively constant, if these additional samples are collected now and retained in the database then these individuals will not be required to give a new sample if they are convicted of additional crimes in the future. Therefore, money spent now will more than likely save money in the future. The amount of funds saved will be tied to the recidivism rate.


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Ron Twohig, Comptroller
Email Address:
rtwohig@wvsp.state.wv.us
    The additional money could be sent directly to MUFSC directly to accompany the money currently allocated for the DNA database program. If MUFSC cannot continue to meet their obligations under the cooperative agreement then the all of the associated funds would need to be allocated to the State Police for the testing of these samples.
    
    This will require the creation of a new special revenue fund - WV State Police DNA Database Fund.