An Act To Amend the Definition of "Farmers' Market"
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the number of farmers' markets operating in the State increases abruptly in May; and
Whereas, it is desirable that revisions to statutes affecting farmers' markets go into effect prior to this seasonal increase; 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,
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §415, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 138, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §415, sub-§2, ¶B, as amended by PL 2005, c. 512, §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §2174 is enacted to read:
§ 2174. Sale of baked goods at farmers' markets
Notwithstanding section 2156 and rules adopted under section 2153, a person licensed under this subchapter and offering baked goods for sale at a farmers' market as defined in Title 7, section 415 may display and sell unpackaged baked goods in a manner that allows customers to directly select baked goods for purchase. For the purposes of this section, "baked goods" means breads, rolls, buns, flatbreads, cakes, cookies, pies and other pastries.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.