Establish a Fund for the UMaine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory

Last updated: Jan 11, 2020

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Stanley, House 10
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1518



UPDATE 1/11/2020: This bill becomes law without Governor Mills' signature. It adds a 15 cent fee on pesticide sales with 3 cents of the fee remaining with the retailer for compliance costs. 

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.