Honorable Kenneth Armbrister, Chair, Senate Committee on Natural Resources
John Keel, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB970 by Shapleigh (Relating to the sale of cacti; providing a penalty.), As Introduced
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TDA estimates that 100 locations that grow cacti that would need to be inspected on a monthly basis at a minimum, to meet the requirements of the bill. This would result in an additional 1,200 inspections annually for TDA inspectors. Using the average cost of $79 for a nursery and floral inspection, these additional inspections would cost $94,800 annually plus 28.46% indirect cost ($26,980) for a total of $121,780. It is also estimated that TDA would receive 30 complaints annually, which would inquire inspections resulting in an additional cost of $2,370 annually.
It is estimated that TDA inspectors would be required to mark 100,000 cacti during their inspections. The cost of the tags used to mark these plants would be $10,000 (100,000 * $.10 = $10,000).
The total cost of implementing this bill would be $134,150 annually. In order to recoup these costs the agency anticipates charging a fee of $109 per inspection.
TDA anticipates the possible revenue generated from penalties for selling or advertising cacti not to be significant.
551 Department of Agriculture
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