127th MAINE LEGISLATURE
LD 680 LR 885(02)
An Act To Reduce Waste from Disposable Bags
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
             
Fiscal Note
FY 2015-16 FY 2016-17 Projections FY 2017-18 Projections FY 2018-19
Appropriations/Allocations
Other Special Revenue Funds $104,116 $103,872 $106,318 $109,346
Revenue
Other Special Revenue Funds $104,116 $103,872 $106,318 $109,346
Fiscal Detail and Notes
The bill establishes the Plastics and Paper Recycling Fund in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through a collection of 3 or 4, depending on the retailer, from a 5 surcharge assessed on single-use point-of-sale disposable bags. The retailer will retain the other 1 or 2. This bill also requires the DEP to conduct an intensive public education campaign regarding the environmental damage from single-use disposable bags. The bill includes Other Special Revenue Funds allocations of $104,116 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $103,872 in fiscal year 2016-17 for an Office Associate II position, an Environmental Specialist III position, rulemaking and other administrative and technology costs associated with the administration of the Plastics and Paper Recycling Fund program. Revenue realized through this surcharge is estimated to cover the cost of these allocations.