An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Maple Syrup Task Force
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-H, sub-§15 is enacted to read:
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Sec. 2. 7 MRSA c. 417 is enacted to read:
MAINE MAPLE PROMOTION BOARD
§ 2431. Purpose
The purpose of this chapter is to create a unified organizational structure, under the auspices of a state agency, to provide for the advancement of the maple industry in this State in the public interest and for the public good. Under this organizational structure, all elements of the maple industry in this State must be represented and work together under the leadership of a unified, public board to solve the problems facing the industry.
§ 2432. Maine Maple Promotion Board
Subject to such staggered terms as the board may provide by rule, board members serve 3-year terms, except that the board member from a statewide association of maple producers in this State serves only a one-year term and that a board member may continue to serve until a successor is duly elected. Board members may not serve more than 3 consecutive terms. Every board member has one vote, except that the 2 board members who are producers of maple sugar products with more than 25,000 taps have 2 votes each.
§ 2433. Powers and duties of the Maine Maple Promotion Board
To carry out the purposes of this chapter, the board has the following powers and duties.
§ 2434. Tap fees
The following fee schedule is established:
§ 2435. Money received
Money received by the board, including all fees collected under section 2434, must be used for the activities of the board authorized under this chapter.
This bill establishes the Maine Maple Promotion Board and creates its basic structure, core functions and duties.