state costs to implement the proposed rule are estimated to be $100,000 for FY08-09 and $65,000 for subsequent years of the program.
No implementation costs or savings to local governmental units are anticipated.
II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)
The proposed rule change is anticipated to have no effect on revenue collections of state and local governmental units.
III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)
The proposed rule provides regulations to implement the provisions of Act 564 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session, which permits charter boat fishing guide licensees to provide certain information to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries under a voluntary Charter Fishing Guide License Landings Report Program. The rule establishes who can participate, the data elements that would be provided, methods for transmitting the information to the department, and methods for maintaining confidentiality of the information under existing state statutes
Only charter boat fishing guide licensees who choose to participate in the program will be affected. Charter guide license participants will be provided with forms to record information for each charter trip, as well as a form for reporting no activity for the month. Estimated completion time to fill out each form is expected take approximately five minutes.
Long run benefits would be derived by helping to ensure healthy fish stocks and a continuing supply of fish to harvest in the future.
IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)
The proposed rule is anticipated to have no effect on competition or employment in the public or private sectors.
Robert E. Hosse
Legislative Fiscal Office
Louisiana Register Vol. 34, No. 10 October 20, 2008