Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement

126 th General Assembly of Ohio

Ohio Legislative Service Commission

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BILL:

H.B. 371

DATE:

November 16, 2005

STATUS:

As Introduced

SPONSOR:

Rep. Buehrer

LOCAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED:

No

No local cost

 


CONTENTS:

To create the Fuel Production Task Force to study opportunities for and barriers to increasing fuel production in this state and to declare an emergency

 

State Fiscal Highlights

 

STATE FUND

FY 2006

FY 2007

FUTURE YEARS

General Revenue Fund and Other State Funds

Revenues

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

Expenditures

Potential one-time increase, minimal at most

- 0 -

- 0 -

Note: The state fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. For example, FY 2006 is July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006.

 

        Possible reimbursable expenses. As the bill does not explicitly provide for any of the 12 members of the Task Force to be reimbursed for related travel expenses (e.g., food, mileage, lodging) incurred as a result of performing their duties, it is unknown if reimbursements would occur, or from which fund(s). It is possible that since the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Director of the Department of Development (DEV) are members of the Task Force, either one of these agencies may cover such costs.

        Possible research and technical service expenses. Currently, it is uncertain whether the Task Force will need or request research and technical services to be performed by the Ohio EPA or DEV, whose directors would be appointed as members of the Task Force. It should be noted, however, that the bill does not require, permit, or prohibit such services and support from being performed by any state agency or personnel. That said, the potential one-time costs of procuring these other services and support, should such services and support be provided, would seem unlikely to exceed minimal.

Local Fiscal Highlights

 

        No direct fiscal effect on political subdivisions.


 


 

Detailed Fiscal Analysis

 

Provisions of the bill

 

From a fiscal perspective, the bill most notably:

 

        Creates the 12-member Fuel Production Task Force;

        Requires the Task Force to meet as often as necessary to carry out its duties;

        Requires the Task Force to study opportunities for and barriers to increasing the number of refineries and increasing the production of fuel from agricultural products in Ohio, in order to maximize fuel supply and create jobs for Ohio citizens;

        Requires members of the Task Force to serve without compensation;

        Requires the Task Force after 180 days after member appointments to submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to certain parties;

        Ceases the existence of the Task Force upon submitting its written report and recommendations.

 

Compensation and reimbursable expenses

 

As the bill does not explicitly provide for any of the 12 members of the Task Force to be reimbursed for related travel expenses (e.g., food, mileage, lodging) incurred as a result of performing their duties, it is unknown if reimbursements would actually occur, or from which fund(s). It is likely that since the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Development (DEV), or their designees, are members of the Task Force, either one of these agencies may cover such costs.

Research and technical services and support

 

Currently, it is uncertain whether the Task Force will need or request research and technical services to be performed by the Ohio EPA or DEV, particularly for the preparation of the final report. Also, similar to potential reimbursements, it is unknown which fund(s) would cover these expenses. It should be noted, however, that the bill does not require, permit, or prohibit such services and support from being performed by any state agency or personnel. That said, the potential one-time costs of procuring these other services and support, should such services and support be provided, would seem unlikely to exceed minimal.

 

Local fiscal effects

 

The bill has no discernible fiscal effect on the revenues and expenditures of political subdivisions.

 

LSC fiscal staff: Jonathan Lee, Senior Analyst

 

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