LD 182 LR 412(02)
An Act To Protect Firefighters by Establishing a Prohibition on the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
FY 2017-18 FY 2018-19 Projections  FY 2019-20 Projections  FY 2020-21
Net Cost (Savings)
General Fund $54,481 $65,909 $66,896 $68,125
General Fund $54,481 $65,909 $66,896 $68,125
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to adopt rules to implement a prohibition on the sale of furniture containing flame retardant chemicals. In order to effectively implement these rules, the DEP has indicated it will need to develop a product labeling and registration program for manufacturers and a product sampling and testing program for certification. The DEP estimates that 25 products at a cost of $12,500 will be purchased annually for product sampling. The laboratory testing for the product sampling is projected to have an annual cost of $12,500. This bill includes annual General Fund appropriations of $25,900 starting in fiscal year 2017-18 for product purchase, testing and technology costs.
This bill also includes General Fund appropriations of $28,581 in fiscal year 2017-18 and $40,009 in fiscal year 2018-19 to the DEP for one part-time Environmental Specialist III position to develop and initiate the prohibition program and to coordinate laboratory testing of furniture products.