An Act Regarding the Confidentiality of Investigations by the Bureau of Forestry
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §8006 is enacted to read:
§ 8006. Confidentiality of complaints and investigative records
This bill makes all complaints and investigative records of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry related to violations of the forestry laws confidential during the pendency of an investigation. The bill provides exceptions to allow disclosures to department employees and other agencies and otherwise as determined warranted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The provision or disclosure of investigative records of the Department of the Attorney General to a Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry employee designated by the commissioner does not constitute a waiver of the confidentiality of those records. A person who knowingly or intentionally makes a disclosure in violation of this provision commits a civil violation for which a fine not to exceed $1,000 may be adjudged.