An Act To Penalize Violators of Wood Shipment and Quarantine Laws
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §8307 is enacted to read:
§ 8307. Penalties
This bill provides for penalties for violation of Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry rules governing plant or wood products that may cause the introduction or spread of a dangerous forest insect or disease and rules governing the quarantine of forest or shade trees or part of a forest or shade tree capable of supporting a disease or insect infestation.
The bill sets fines at $100 to $1,000 for each day of a violation and from $1,000 to $2,000 for each day of a violation by a violator that violated the rules within the previous 5-year period. It allows maximum fines to be increased to account for economic benefit and provides for the award of litigation costs in any action or proceeding brought by the Attorney General.