An Act To Encourage Development in the Logging Industry by Requiring State and Local Government Agencies To Give Preference to Lumber and Solid Wood Products Harvested in the State
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA c. 153, sub-c. 3 is enacted to read:
§ 1777. Legislative findings
§ 1778. Definitions
As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
(1) Has filed a Maine tax return or paid Maine employment taxes for at least the 2 years immediately prior to bidding on a state contract; or
(2) If the business does not meet the requirements of subparagraph (1), an officer, if the business is a corporation, a partner in the business or the sole proprietor must meet the requirements of paragraph A.
§ 1779. Preference for timber harvested in the State
§ 1780. Rules
The Department of Administrative and Financial Services shall adopt routine technical rules as described in chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to implement this subchapter.
This bill requires that a state agency that contracts for or acquires lumber or other solid wood products give preference to lumber and solid wood products that are harvested in the State by in-state contractors, as long as the price, fitness and quality of the lumber or solid wood products are equal to that of lumber and solid wood products harvested outside the State. Under the bill, "state agency" includes departments and agencies of state, county and municipal government.
The bill also requires that if the State provides a subsidy to a person who purchases lumber or other solid wood products, the person must give preference to lumber and solid wood products harvested in the State by in-state contractors, as long as the price, fitness and quality of the lumber or solid wood products are equal to that of lumber and solid wood products harvested outside the State.