Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement

124 th General Assembly of Ohio

Ohio Legislative Service Commission

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BILL:

S.B. 106

DATE:

May 16, 2001

STATUS:

As Introduced

SPONSOR:

Sen. Hottinger

LOCAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED:

No

No local cost

 


CONTENTS:

Amends revised code to include as a governmental function under the Political Subdivision Sovereign Immunity Law the design, construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, maintenance, and operation of any school athletic facility, school auditorium, or gymnasium

 

State Fiscal Highlights

 

·        No direct fiscal effect on the state.

Local Fiscal Highlights

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

FY 2001

FY 2002

FUTURE YEARS

Political Subdivisions (including counties and municipalities)

     Revenues

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

     Expenditures

Potential significant

savings

Potential significant

savings

Potential significant

savings

Counties and Municipalities (for court system effects)

     Revenues

Potential minimal loss

Potential minimal loss

Potential minimal loss

     Expenditures

Potential minimal savings

Potential minimal savings

Potential minimal savings

Note: For most local governments, the fiscal year is the calendar year. The school district fiscal year is July 1 through June 30.

 

·        By expanding sovereign immunity to include the design, construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, maintenance, and operation of any school athletic facility, school auditorium, or gymnasium, political subdivisions would not be liable in a civil action for certain damages incurred by users of those facilities.

·        Since certain civil cases would not occur under the bill (that might otherwise occur), counties and municipalities would be saved the expense (and would not receive filing revenue) associated with court hearings in common pleas, municipal, and county courts.

 


 


 

 

Detailed Fiscal Analysis

 

 

The bill expands political subdivision sovereign immunity in situations where an injury or other loss occurs within a school’s athletic facility, auditorium, or gymnasium while that facility and its property is under construction, repair, renovation, or is already built and is operated by a political subdivision.  Thus, the bill could result in lower local government exposure to liability costs related to these facilities.

 

There is potential that this bill could relieve local courts of costs associated with cases that might otherwise exist, depending on how many such cases would have occurred.

 

 

 

 

 

LSC fiscal staff:  Carol Robison, Budget Analyst

 

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