An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Affected by Pest Infestations
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA c. 6-B is enacted to read:
MANAGEMENT OF HARMFUL PESTS
§ 181. Harmful pest management; identification
§ 182. Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund
§ 183. Rules
The department shall adopt routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A necessary to administer and enforce this chapter.
Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY, DEPARTMENT OF
Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund N236
Initiative: Provides one-time funding to the Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to be used in mitigating infestations of harmful pests, such as browntail moth caterpillars and ticks.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$500,000||$0|
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the State Entomologist, to identify pests, such as browntail moths and ticks, in this State that pose a risk of significant harm to human health, and to undertake measures to manage those pests.
The bill also establishes the Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund to provide funds to municipalities severely infested with harmful pests, to be used in mitigating the infestations. It also provides $500,000 to the fund.