LD 986 LR 1629(01)
An Act to Ensure Safer Communities by Increasing the Punishment for Crimes Involving Fentanyl
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Sen. Farrin of Somerset
Committee: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
Current biennium cost increase - General Fund
Minor revenue increase - General Fund
Minor revenue increase - Other Special Revenue Funds
Correctional and Judicial Impact Statements
Increases the penalty for trafficking fentanyl and other scheduled drugs containing a detectable amount of fentanyl from a Class B crime to a Class A crime and establishes a new Class B crime of unlawful use of an electronic communication device in furtherance of fentanyl trafficking. The current average cost of incarcerating one individual for a single year is $55,203.

The additional workload associated with the minimal number of new felony cases filed in the court system does not require additional funding at this time.
The collection of additional fines will increase General Fund or other dedicated revenue by minor amounts.
Fiscal Detail and Notes
Any additional costs to the Office of the Attorney General associated with the provisions of the bill are expected to be minor and can be absorbed within existing budgeted resources.