An Act To Create a Domestic Division within the Maine International Trade Center
Sec. 1. 10 MRSA §945, first ¶, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, is amended to read:
The Maine International Trade Center, referred to in this chapter as the "center," is established to enhance the competitive advantage of state businesses desiring to compete in the national or international market. The center provides a source of leadership, coordination and a shared vision for national and international trade development in the State. The purpose of the center, through its cooperative public and private board, is to refine, revise and implement the State's national and international strategic plan by providing and enhancing services in coordination with the economic development activities of the private sector, community and regional agencies and State Government.
Sec. 2. 10 MRSA §945-A, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, is amended to read:
§ 945-A. Duties
The center shall provide a base level of services without regard to membership in the center and enhanced services as the center's board of directors may direct, to private entities, individuals, the State and to quasi-public and public entities. The center shall encourage and assist the growth of the State's national and international economic activities in the following ways.
Sec. 3. 10 MRSA §945-C, sub-§5, ¶¶C and F, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, are amended to read:
Sec. 4. 10 MRSA §945-D, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 10 MRSA §945-D, sub-§10, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 10 MRSA §945-H, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, is amended to read:
§ 945-H. Prohibited interests of officers, directors and employees
Officers, directors or employees of the center or their spouses or dependent children may not receive any direct personal benefit from the activities of the center in assisting any private entity. This section does not prohibit corporations or other entities with which officers or directors are associated by reason of ownership or employment from participating in national or international trade activities of the center or receiving services offered by the center as long as the ownership or employment is made known to the board of directors and, if applicable, the officers or directors abstain from voting on matters relating to that participation. This section does not apply to members who are not officers or directors of the center.
Sec. 7. 10 MRSA §945-M, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 648, §5, is amended to read:
§ 945-M. Liberal construction
This chapter may be construed liberally to effect the intent and purposes of the center for an improved and enhanced national and international trade development effort in the State and may not be construed as a limitation of powers.
Sec. 8. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF
International Commerce 0674
Initiative: Provides funding for 2 Public Service Coordinator I positions at the Maine International Trade Center to staff the center's domestic division.
POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$123,609||$166,332|
This bill requires the Maine International Trade Center to establish and maintain a domestic division to support, promote and expand trade opportunities with other states and provides funding for 2 positions at the Maine International Trade Center to staff the domestic division.