Date Requested: February 10, 2015
Time Requested: 01:12 PM
Agency: Military Affairs and Public Safety, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2995 Introduced SB451
CBD Subject: Public Safety


FUND(S):

0433

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.


    This legislation will result in an increase in future costs to state government related to health insurance for civilian employees.
    
    This legislation will also result in a decrease in future costs to state government related to the additional 240 hours of military leave when firefighters are deployed for a contingency operation.



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 0 65,000 0
Personal Services 0 65,000 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


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


    Currently, firefighters must be members of the military to hold a state position. Approximately 55% of the current firefighters elect health insurance coverage through the military's TRICARE program. This insurance is available only to members of the Armed Forces. Members that separate from the Armed Forces, but still hold a state position would have to elect state health insurance through PEIA. As a result, future state government costs would increase by $65,000 in state fiscal year 2016. In the following years, this cost will continue to increase as PEIA's Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) costs are increased by PEIA.
    
    Currently, firefighters are authorized an additional 240 hours of military leave when deployed for a contingency operation. Due to a change in the Firefighter cooperative agreement with the National Guard Bureau in federal fiscal year 2013, the State does incur a cost for this additional military leave. We are currently unable to determine a financial impact because we do not know when and if a firefighter would be deployed for a contingency operation in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 or in future years.



Memorandum


    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Rhonda Combs Wick
    Email Address: rhonda.c.wick.nfg@mail.mil