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First Regular Session of the 122nd

S.P. 37 - L.D. 95

An Act To Support the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Forestry's Aerial Fire
Suppression Program

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §8908 is enacted to read:

§8908. Aerial Fire Suppression Fund

     1. Establishment of fund. The Aerial Fire Suppression Fund, referred to in this section as "the fund," is established through the Office of the State Controller as a nonlapsing fund under the jurisdiction of the bureau to ensure the viability of its aerial fire suppression program. The bureau may assess charges to agencies of the State for the use of the bureau's aerial fire suppression resources for purposes other than fire suppression and shall deposit any such money received into the fund. The bureau may apply for and accept any appropriation, grant, gift or service made available from any public or private source consistent with the purpose of this section and shall deposit any such money into the fund.

     2. Use of fund. The bureau may use the fund to purchase aerial fire suppression resources, including helicopters, airplanes and spare parts, in accordance with the bureau's plan to diversify and modernize its aerial fire suppression fleet.

     Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

Division of Forest Protection 0232
Initiative: Allocates funds for the newly established Aerial Fire Suppression Fund.
FUNDS     2005-06     2006-07

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Effective June 29, 2005.

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