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GCN : October 2015
26 GCN OCTOBER 2015 • GCN.COM Passing laws can be a labyrinthine process that is often complicated by an increasingly common requirement: the need to provide an an- lysis of proposed legislation’s estimated financial impact on government. In Utah, the process was creating bureaucratic and workflow bottlenecks that strained the ability of the state’s Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst (LFA) to review new legislation affect- ing 120 agencies. During each of the state’s six-week legislative sessions, LFA is called on to create a “fiscal note” that summarizes input from the state’s tax commission- ers, various agencies and financial analysts on the effect each proposed bill would have on state revenue and expenses. LFA prepares approximately 1,100 fiscal notes during each session in a process that involves collecting spread- sheets, commentary and analysis from an average of five agencies for each proposed bill. And time is of the es- sence: Fiscal notes must be filed within three days of a new bill’s introduction. “We were able to meet those dead- lines only about 60 percent of the time, UTAH DASHBOARD SHORT CUTS LEGISLATIVE ANALYSIS The Fiscal Note Agency Response System has improved the state’s ability to assess the financial impact of proposed legislation AT A GLANCE PROJECT: Fiscal Note Agency Response System ORGANIZATION: Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Utah An automated system for gathering projected expenses and an online collaboration engine helps fiscal analysts respond more quickly to proposed legislation. Utah state legislature at work in the House chamber of the state capitol 1015gcn_020-038.indd 26 10/5/15 12:47 PM
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