New Fund

Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program,A New Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    "The purpose of this bill is to provide a premarital education option to applicants for marriage licenses, provide for minimum requirements concerning the provision of this education, to encourage marriage applicants to participate in premarital education by increased marriage license fees in its absence and to create a fund for purposes of administering the premarital education.
    The Department estimates the cost associated with passage of this bill to be at least $35,000 for the development and maintenance of the website, as well as administrative costs associated with the review, processing and auditing of the grant applications and grantee performance with funds.
    In 2010, there were 12,377 marriages in WV (unedited figure). A web search for information on the subject says that about half of all couples have some form of premarital counseling. In the first full year, the revenue generated from individuals not pursuing premarital education would generate $216,597 based on the 50% figure. The purpose of the bill is to increase premarital education, therefore, as this occurs, revenue will decrease.
    Please note the Department will be unable to provide grant funding for the marriage education programs until such time as funding is generated in the Marriage education trust fund. The Department will at such time provide grant funding to such programs based on revenue received.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 35,000 35,000
Personal Services 0 35,000 35,000
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 216,597 216,597

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

    Estimated costs associated with development and maintenance of website is $25,000 and $10,000 for administrative staff to review and process grant applications, and for auditing of the grantees use of funds.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Michael J. Lewis, M.D., Ph.D.
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