An Act To Establish a Tax on Water Extracted for Bottling in Order To Secure the Economic Future of Rural Maine
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §11611, sub-§5, as amended by PL 2011, c. 642, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 36 MRSA c. 370-A is enacted to read:
EXTRACTION OF WATER FOR BOTTLING
§ 2831. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 2832. Excise tax
§ 2833. Application of revenues
All revenues received by the bureau under this chapter after reduction for administrative costs must be credited to the Water Trust Fund established under section 2834.
§ 2834. Water Trust Fund
§ 2835. Rules
The department may adopt rules to implement this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 3. Application. This Act first applies to bottled water operators as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 2831, subsection 1 that extracted more than 1,500,000 gallons of water in this State in calendar year 2018.
This bill creates an excise tax of 12¢ per gallon on the extraction of groundwater or surface water for commercial bottling for sale. Revenue from the tax must be used to improve the economy of the State by supporting the expansion and improvement of high-speed broadband access and by providing tuition grants for up to 2 years for postsecondary education.