LD 1744 LR 2195(01)
An Act To Increase Funding for the Animal Welfare Fund by Increasing Certain Fees
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Sen. Dill of Penobscot
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23 Projections  FY 2023-24 Projections  FY 2024-25
Net Cost (Savings)
General Fund $0 $425,000 $425,000 $425,000
Other Special Revenue Funds $0 $558,720 $558,720 $558,720
General Fund $0 ($425,000) ($425,000) ($425,000)
Other Special Revenue Funds $0 $558,720 $558,720 $558,720
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This bill changes how revenue from fees collected on registrations to distribute commercial feed in the State is distributed between the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) and the General Fund. Currently, 50% of the fee is credited to the AWF and 50% is credited to the General Fund. This bill changes this distribution to 100% credited to the AWF. Changing the ratio will eliminate the budgeted General Fund revenue from this source by $425,000 beginning in fiscal year 2022-23 and increase Other Special Revenue Funds revenue in the AWF by $558,720 beginning in fiscal year 2022-23. 
This bill also increases the daily compensation for animal shelters holding animals pending court decisions from $5 to $15 for dogs and cats, from $8 to $18 for female cats or dogs with unweaned litters and from $10 to $20 for equines. It also increases from $8 to $20 the upper limit of daily compensation for holding livestock animals, excluding equines, fowl and rabbits.  
The AWF will require additional allocations of $558,720 beginning in fiscal year 2022-23 to allow expenditure of the additional revenue, which will be more than sufficient to cover the higher compensation paid to animal shelters.