126th MAINE LEGISLATURE
LD 1292 LR 1471(01)
An Act To Minimize the Use of Plastic Bags
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Rep. McGowan of York
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
             
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
Current biennium cost increase - Other Special Revenue Funds
Current biennium revenue increase - Other Special Revenue Funds
Fiscal Detail and Notes
The bill establishes a Plastics Recycling Fund in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through collection of 8 of a 10 surcharge assessed on plastic bags designed for one-time use distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. The retailer will retain the other 2. The DEP anticipates hiring one full-time Office Associate II position and one part-time Environmental Specialist III position to ensure compliance and enforce the requirements of the program. It cannot be determined at this time whether the costs can be covered by the revenue collected in the fund.