An Act To Reduce Costs to Businesses by Phasing Out the Pet Food Surcharge
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation begins the process to phase out the pet food surcharge assessed to manufacturers; and
Whereas, it is imperative to begin that process as soon as possible in order to eliminate the pet food surcharge entirely by fiscal year 2019-20; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §714, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2009, c. 148, §1, is further amended to read:
The commissioner shall deposit all surcharges received for a registration year in excess of $100,000 into the Animal Welfare Fund established under section 3906-B, subsection 2.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill eliminates the surcharge assessed on each product name of commercial feed that is pet food or that is pet food from a home-based manufacturer by fiscal year 2019-20. This elimination will be done in phases until the assessed surcharge no longer exists.