5074- Services to Children and Families

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Other Fund Federal

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The purpose of this bill is to provide for the transfer of the Governor’s Office on Technology to the Department of Administration; for the transfer of duties of the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families to the Department of Health and Human Resources; for the elimination of the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families; for the elimination of the Center for Professional Development; for the reorganization and restructuring of the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority and the West Virginia Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority; for the modification of the term of the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Tax Appeals; and for the Governor to have the authority to appoint two administrative law judges to the Office of Tax Appeals.
    This legislation places the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families (Cabinet) under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Resources (Department). The Department in preparing the fiscal note reviewed the legislation to determine if funding for the programs currently offered by the Cabinet would also be continued under the Department. While the legislation makes no reference to this issue, the Department is aware that the Governor's FY2006 budget proposal redirects all funding, less a required 5.5% reduction, for programs allocated to the Cabinet in FY2005 to the Department for FY2006. The Governor's FY2006 budget proposal makes no provision for the cost of administering the various programs reassigned to the Department due to the elimination of the administrative funding, previously provided to the Cabinet. Should both this legislation and the Governor's budget proposal be approved the Department estimates that the programs currently offered by the Cabinet would be continued.
    An additional aspect of the legislation is the appointment of a Citizens Advisory Council, by the Governor, to assist the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources with the implementation of the Departments mission and policy objectives. The proposed legislation allows for the reimbursement of expenses for council members in accordance with guidelines of the travel management office of the Department of Administration.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

    Without additional information related to the current activities of the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families and the Citizens' Advisory Council, it is difficult to estimate the fiscal impact of this bill. Due to the potential volume of activities that may be required, the Department may require additional staff to carry out these activities. In addition, funds would be needed to provide expense reimbursement to the Citizens' Advisory Council members. Without information related to their activities, we cannot estimate the financial cost to the Department of Health & Human Resources at this time.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Martha Yeager Walker
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