HB 605-FN – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 605-FN
This bill authorizes the department of safety to deposit fees from the modular building standards program in the fire standards and training and emergency medical services fund to support the operation of the modular building standards program. This bill also clarifies that the program is administered by the division of fire safety.
This bill is a request of the department of safety.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [
in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five
AN ACT relative to the funding of the modular building standards program.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Modular Building Standards; Fees Deposited in Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services Fund. Amend RSA 205-C:6 to read as follows:
205-C:6 Fees. The commissioner shall by rule establish fees to defray the costs of administering this chapter. Such rules shall specify fees for the certification of third party inspection agencies by the department; certification of manufacturing facilities by approved third party inspection agencies; and certification of modular buildings and building components by approved third party inspection agencies. All fees collected by the department shall be deposited into the general fund after depositing in the fire standards and training and emergency medical services fund, established in RSA 21-P:12-d, the amount necessary to support the operating budget of the modular building standards program in the division of fire safety.
2 Modular Building Standards; Interim Funding Provision. Until such time as an appropriation is provided in the operating budget of the state, the commissioner, with approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and governor and council, is authorized to transfer sufficient funds from the fire standards and training and emergency medical services fund, established in RSA 12-P:12-d, as are deemed necessary for personnel and expense of administering the modular building standards program under RSA 205-C.
3 New Paragraph; Department of Safety; Division of Fire Safety; Administration of Modular Building Standards Program Added. Amend RSA 21-P:12 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:
III-a. Administration of the modular building standards program under RSA 205-C.
4 Modular Building Standards; Department of Safety; Division of Fire Safety Added. Amend RSA 205-C:1, VI to read as follows:
VI. “Department” means the department of safety, division of fire safety.
5 Effective Date. This act shall take effect July 1, 2005.
HB 605 FISCAL NOTE
AN ACT relative to the funding of the modular building program.
The Department of Safety indicates state unrestricted revenue will decrease by $183,317 in FY 2006, $168,978 in FY 2007, $174,910 in FY 2008 and $201,361 in FY 2009, state restricted revenues and expenditures will increase by $183,317 in FY 2006, $168,978 in FY 2007, $174,910 in FY 2008 and $201,361 in FY 2009. There will be no fiscal impact on county and local revenue or expenditures.
The Department states this bill authorizes their Department to deposit fees from the Modular Building Program to the Fire and EMS Fund in the amount necessary to fund the program. The Department currently collects approximately $225,250 per year in fees which currently are deposited in the general fund. Inspections are only performed if there is a complaint. These inspections are currently paid from the Department’s existing budget. There are no unannounced inspections or audits. This bill will allow the Department to use the fees collected to fund positions and operating expenses necessary to perform these functions. There will be no change in overall state revenue, however, the amount of the operating expenses will increase Fire and EMS Fund revenue and decrease general fund revenue. Also, this will increase Fire and EMS Fund expenses and there will be no change to the general fund expenses. There will be no net impact on the Fire and EMS Fund, however, there will be a net decrease in the general fund revenue by the amount of the operating expenses of the program.
The Department determined that an Administrator and Inspector are needed for this program. It is proposed that the Administrator position be a Program Specialist IV, labor grade 25 and the Inspector position is budgeted as a Program Specialist III, labor grade 22.
FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009
Program Spec. IV $ 48,221 $ 50,418 $ 52,690 $ 55,035
Benefits 44% 21,217 22,184 23,184 24,215
Total $ 69,438 $ 72,602 $ 75,874 $ 79,250
Program Spec. III $ 42,305 $ 44,178 $ 46,025 $ 48,021
Benefits 44% 18,614 19,438 20,251 21,129
Total $ 60,919 $ 63,616 $ 66,276 $ 69,150
Summary of Expenses
Salaries $ 90,526 $ 94,596 $ 98,715 $103,056
Overtime 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000
Current Expense 9,500 9,500 9,500 9,500
Equipment 28,200 8,000 8,000 28,200
Benefits 41,591 43,382 45,195 47,105
In State Travel 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Third Party Audits/Inspections 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
Total $183,317 $168,978 $174,910 $201,361
Equipment includes a vehicle for the inspector in FY 2006 and a replacement in FY 2009.