LD 991 LR 1698(03)
An Act To Amend Maine's Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
Contingent current biennium cost increase - General Fund
Referendum Costs Month/Year Election Type Question Length
Nov-16 General Referendum Standard
The Secretary of State's budget includes sufficient funds to accommodate one ballot of average length for the general election in November.  If the number or size of the referendum questions requires production and delivery of a second ballot, an additional appropriation of $107,250 may be required.
Fiscal Detail and Notes
Under current law, PL 2013, c. 436 requires that if at least five contiguous states, including Maine, adopt legislation requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food by January 1, 2018, then food offered for retail sale that is genetically engineered requires disclosure. This bill, instead, makes PL 2013, c. 436 contingent on approval by the voters at a statewide election in November 2016. If approved by the voters at a statewide election, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry would require a General Fund appropriation of $83,798 in fiscal year 2016-17 for one Consumer Protection Inspector position, one Office Associate II position and other related costs.