Establish a Fund for Portions of the Operations and Outreach Activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory To Increase Statewide Enforcement of Pesticide Use

Last updated: Jun 14, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: On Governor's Desk
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Stanley, House 10
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1518



UPDATE: This bill has been passed by the House and Senate and awaits action by Governor Mills


This bill establishes the Tick Laboratory and Pest Management Fund administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to fund the tick laboratory and other pest management research and projects and directs the extension's pest management unit to study browntail moths as the first of a series of pest research projects to be determined every 3 years by a committee designated by the University of Maine. The fund is funded by a pesticide container fee of 20¢ per container administered by the State Tax Assessor. This bill also creates a duty of the Board of Pesticides Control to investigate complaints of violations of local, state and federal pesticide laws and requires the Board of Pesticides Control to review any request by a political subdivision to eliminate the use of a certain pesticide within that political subdivision.