Date Requested: February 06, 2015
Time Requested: 02:32 PM
Agency: Military Affairs and Public Safety, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1902 Introduced HB2431
CBD Subject: Public Safety


FUND(S):

Division of Justice & Community Services

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    This bill creates a new statewide Board of Review of Officer Involved Deaths. In the broadest of terms this Board acts as an oversight entity in establishing procedures for investigation and review of police officer-involved deaths in West Virginia. It is assigned as a body to the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction (GCCDC). The Division of Justice and Community Services serves as the executive and administrative arm of the GCCDC. Having significant experience in managing the affairs of each of its currently existing four (4) Subcommittee’s, the cost estimates contained herein are reasonable and necessary.
    To accomplish the activities outlined in proposed legislation, a Board (Commission, Subcommittee or otherwise) needs to be established, staff must be assigned to coordinate the work product and efforts of the Board and to travel and assist and coordinate local efforts in establishing standardized procedures and protocols for the investigation of police officer-involved deaths. DJCS believes that there is a definitive monitoring component and information collection methodology contemplated in the Legislation as a matter of prudency. There must also be expenses built into Board work and straight travel expenses for the staff member. Overall supervision of staff work will be accomplished by the Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services or his Chief Deputy as part of their normal and already compensated workload.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 98,975 95,475 95,475
Personal Services 73,666 73,666 73,666
Current Expenses 21,809 21,809 21,809
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 3,500 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    We anticipate staffing this program with one Criminal Justice Specialist position and one half time office assistant position. Together those positions with benefits equal the Personal Services portion of this note.
    
    Current expenses includes proportional share of costs to the agency, to include rent, utilities, paper, mailings, copying and routine office activities.
    
    One time acquisition of office furnishings to include desk, chair, computer, printer etc. is represented in the Assets row of this note.
    



Memorandum


    It is possible but only speculative that later years beginning in year three or four there could be some reduction in activity and cost, but there is no firm figure as we don't know what pace development or required maintenance of Board activities will be. It is also possible but only speculative that later years could bring additional costs relating to program quality assurance and evaluation efforts – which are highly recommended to determine program efficacy.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: W. Richard Staton
    Email Address: rick.w.staton@wv.gov