An Act To Protect Maine Lakes and Ponds from Invasive Species
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §10206, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 580, §1, is further amended to read:
The fees outlined in section 13056, subsection 8, paragraphs A and B for watercraft operating on inland waters of the State each include a $10 fee for invasive species prevention and control. This fee is disposed of as follows:
(1) Eighty percent must be credited to the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund; and
(2) Twenty percent must be credited to the Lake and River Protection Fund established within the department under section 10257.
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §10206, sub-§6-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §13001, sub-§22-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §13058-A is enacted to read:
§ 13058-A. Invasive aquatic plant and nuisance species sticker required
The invasives sticker is nontransferable.
The remainder of the fee is disposed of as follows:
A passive watercraft owned by the Federal Government, a state government agency or a municipality is exempt from the fee established in this subsection.
The Legislature shall appropriate to the department in each fiscal year an amount equal to the administrative costs incurred by the department in collecting revenues under this section.
This bill requires that any passive watercraft placed or operated on the inland waters of the State have an invasive aquatic plant and nuisance species sticker affixed on its bow. This sticker may be purchased for a one-time fee of $5, and the fee revenues from the sale of the sticker will be credited to the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund established in the Department of Environmental Protection under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1863 and to the Lake and River Protection Fund established within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife under Title 12, section 10257. These two funds, among other things, support invasive aquatic plant and nuisance species prevention, containment, eradication and management activities in the State.