LD 1916 LR 2463(05)
An Act To Create a Legal Defense Fund for the Maine Lobster Industry
Fiscal Note for Bill as Engrossed with:
C "A" (H-914)
S "A" (S-634) to C "A" (H-914)
Committee: Marine Resources
Fiscal Note
FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23 Projections  FY 2023-24 Projections  FY 2024-25
Other Special Revenue Funds $0 $0 $0 $0
Other Special Revenue Funds $0 $0 $0 $0
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This bill creates the Lobster Legal Defense Fund (LLDF) within the Department of Marine Resources (DMR). For 2 years 20% of license surcharges currently credited to the Lobster Promotion Fund (LPF) are to be credited to the LLDF. The bill includes an allocation of $380,000 in fiscal year 2022-23 to the LLDF and a deallocation of $380,000 to the LPF to reflect this revenue shift. Half the funds will be distributed to a lobster association and half to a labor union representing individuals engaged in commercial lobster fishing in the State for legal costs incurred and paid in legal proceedings involving the regulations of the United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Any funds remaining in the LLDF on June 31, 2024 will be moved back to the Lobster Promotion Fund.