An Act To Establish a Fund for Portions of the Operations and Outreach Activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory and To Increase Statewide Enforcement of Pesticide Use
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA c. 419 is enacted to read:
TICK LABORATORY AND PEST MANAGEMENT FUND
§ 2471. Tick Laboratory and Pest Management Fund
The Tick Laboratory and Pest Management Fund, referred to in this chapter as "the fund," is established. The fund is administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management unit and consists of funds derived from the pesticide container fee under Title 36, section 4911, appropriations and allocations to the fund and funds from other public and private sources. The fund, to be accounted within the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, must be held separate and apart from all other money, funds and accounts. Eligible investment earnings credited to the assets of the fund become part of the assets of the fund. Any balance remaining in the fund must be disbursed on a quarterly basis to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The fund may not be used to pay for any administrative costs incurred by the University of Maine or the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
§ 2472. Expenditures from the fund
Funds in the fund must be distributed by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension as provided in this section.
Members serve one-year terms and may be reappointed to one or more successive terms.
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §1471-M, sub-§8 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §1471-CC is enacted to read:
§ 1471-CC. Elimination of use of pesticide in political subdivision
A political subdivision of the State that wants to eliminate use in the political subdivision of a pesticide registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shall submit a request to eliminate use of the pesticide to the board. The board shall determine whether the pesticide should be further regulated based upon the board's expertise in toxicology and available scientific information relating to the adverse environmental, health and other effects of the pesticide under Title 7, section 610, subsection 1. The board's review must include participation of the officers of the political subdivision and board staff and may include experts and other interested parties as the board determines appropriate.
Sec. 4. 36 MRSA c. 723 is enacted to read:
PESTICIDE CONTAINER FEE
§ 4911. Fee imposed
Sec. 5. University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management unit to conduct study on browntail moths. Upon the effective date of this Act, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management unit shall commence a study of browntail moths as the first research project to be conducted under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 2472, subsection 4.
This bill establishes the Tick Laboratory and Pest Management Fund administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to fund the tick laboratory and other pest management research and projects and directs the extension's pest management unit to study browntail moths as the first of a series of pest research projects to be determined every 3 years by a committee designated by the University of Maine. The fund is funded by a pesticide container fee of 20¢ per container administered by the State Tax Assessor. This bill also creates a duty of the Board of Pesticides Control to investigate complaints of violations of local, state and federal pesticide laws and requires the Board of Pesticides Control to review any request by a political subdivision to eliminate the use of a certain pesticide within that political subdivision.