Increase Transparency in Cooperative Agreements within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Last updated: Jul 4, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Craig Hickman, House 81
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1203

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill has been vetoed and the veto was sustained. The bill is dead.

UPDATE: This bill has been passed and awaits action by Governor LePage.

Summary:

This bill amends the law governing cooperative agreements and arrangements entered into by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for the purpose of controlling diseases of plants and domestic animals and advertising or disseminating information concerning Maine food products. This bill requires the department to:

1. Provide public notice of each proposed cooperative agreement or arrangement;

2. Solicit public comments and provide responses regarding proposed cooperative agreements or arrangements;

3. Consider requests submitted in writing to decline to receive future funding from a cooperative agreement or arrangement; and

4. Report annually to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters regarding the cooperative agreements and arrangements entered into during the previous fiscal year.

Under the bill, the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters may schedule a public hearing on any cooperative agreement or arrangement about which the committee has questions.