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First Regular Session of the 119th

H.P. 587 - L.D. 827

An Act to Promote the Cranberry Industry and to Encourage Cultivation of Cranberries in the State

     Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

     Whereas, the 90-day period may not terminate until after the beginning of the next fiscal year; and

     Whereas, continuation of the pest management program during the summer months is of critical importance; 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. Integrated pest management program for cranberries; University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The funding for the integrated pest management program for cranberries at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension first provided in fiscal year 1998-99 in Private and Special Law 1997, chapter 93 and currently funded at approximately $50,000 per year is ongoing funding to be used for that purpose only. Any cost-of-living adjustments provided for the "current services" budget of the University of Maine System must also be applied to the funding for this program.

     Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.

Effective June 11, 1999.

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