S.P. 451 - L.D. 1326
An Act to Clarify the Authority of the Maine Milk Commission
Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, there is confusion as to the authority of the Maine Milk Commission to establish minimal milk prices for dairy farmers; and
Whereas, dairy farming is a difficult business and an integral part of the Maine economy and rural way of life; and
Whereas, passage of this legislation would help stabilize prices to dairy farmers; 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,
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §2954, sub-§9, as enacted by PL 1983, c. 573, §2, is amended to read:
9. Minimum wholesale prices paid to producers for their milk. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter or chapter 611, minimum wholesale prices paid by dealers to producers
shall be for their milk that is sold in this State are subject to the provisions of chapter 611 minimum producer prices established by the Maine Milk Commission, regardless of whether the dealer is subject to federal milk pricing regulation in addition to state milk pricing regulation.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.
Effective April 7, 1999.
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