An Act To Protect Small Redemption Centers
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, because the reimbursement amount for beverage container handling costs has not increased in years, some redemption centers in the State have been forced to close; and
Whereas, this legislation increases the reimbursement amount beginning June 1, 2019; 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. 38 MRSA §3106, sub-§7, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 166, §14, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §3119 is enacted to read:
§ 3119. Beverage container handling fee review panel
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
1. Increases, beginning June 1, 2019, by one cent per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers;
2. Repeals the provision that authorizes the reduced handling fee for small brewers and water bottlers; and
3. Requires the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, beginning in September 2021, and every 2 years thereafter, to convene a panel to review the adequacy of the reimbursement amount for beverage container handling costs and make any necessary recommendations regarding the reimbursement.