Maine LD 1027: An Act To Create an Elver Exporter’s License

LD 1027 (subjects: FISH , EELS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1027&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Walter Kumiega of Deer Isle: (D – District 134) — e-mail | Facebook

2 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/24/2015 House Committee on Marine Resources suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/25/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Baker of Sagadahoc, REFERRED to the Committee on Marine Resources, in concurrence.
4/28/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
On OBJECTION of Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle REMOVED.
The Committee Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-100) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-100).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-100) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-100), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/29/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/30/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 1027 as originally introduced. L.D. 1027 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-100) .

An Act To Create an Elver Exporter’s License

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 6864, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 549, 9, is further amended to read:

1. License required. A person may not buy, possess, ship, transport within state limits or sell elvers without an elver dealer’s license. It is unlawful for a person to possess elvers prior to the beginning of the elver season and or to possess elvers 5 days beyond the end of the elver season pursuant to section 6575.

Sec. 2. 12 MRSA 6864, sub- 2, as amended by PL 2013, c. 301, 21, is further amended to read:

2. License limited. An elver dealer’s license authorizes the licensed activities at only one permanent facility. For the purposes of this section, “permanent facility” means a permanent building that is owned or legally leased by the license holder and is not a dwelling. A permanent facility must have holding tanks with water and aeration suitable to hold elvers.

Sec. 3. 12 MRSA 6864, sub- 3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 468, 36, is further amended to read:

3. Supplemental license. A supplemental license must be obtained for each vehicle or additional permanent facility. Beginning with the 2015 elver fishing season, a supplemental license authorizes a person to buy elvers from a person licensed under subsection 1 at the permanent facility identified on that person’s license or to possess, ship, transport within state limits or sell elvers.

Sec. 4. 12 MRSA 6864, sub- 7-B is enacted to read:

7-B. Use of elver dealer transaction card required. The department shall issue to a dealer licensed under this section an elver dealer transaction card for each dealer license and for each supplemental license to record all sales, purchases and transportation of elvers. All transfers of elvers between any license type requires the use of an elver dealer transaction card, including all transactions between holders of elver dealer licenses and holders of elver dealer supplemental licenses. A person licensed in accordance with this section must have access to an operational Internet connection when using an elver dealer transaction card to buy, sell or transport elvers.

Sec. 5. 12 MRSA 6864, sub- 9 and 11, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 549, 9, are amended to read:

9. Authorized representatives. A person who holds an elver dealer’s license may identify authorized representatives to act on the license holder’s behalf to purchase elvers at locations other than the permanent facility. The elver dealer’s license holder must identify authorized representatives on forms provided by the department.
11. Shipment or transport of elvers outside state limits. A person who holds an elver dealer’s license or the elver dealer’s license holder’s authorized representative under subsection 9 who is licensed under section 6865, subsection 9 must transport elvers to a permanent facility identified on the license holder’s license prior to shipping or transporting elvers outside state limits.

Sec. 6. 12 MRSA 6865 is enacted to read:

6865. Elver exporter’s license

1. License required. A person may not engage in the activities authorized under this section without an elver exporter’s license.
2. License activities. A person who holds an elver exporter’s license may buy elvers from a person licensed under section 6864 and transport elvers beyond the state limits.
3. License limited. An elver exporter’s license authorizes the licensed activities on only one vehicle, owned, leased or rented by the license holder.
4. Use of transaction card required. The department shall issue to an exporter licensed under this section an elver dealer transaction card to record all sales and purchase transactions involving another person licensed in accordance with section 6864. A person licensed in accordance with this section may not buy or transfer elvers to or from another individual licensed in accordance with section 6864 without using an elver dealer transaction card. A person licensed in accordance with this section must have access to an operational Internet connection when using an elver dealer transaction card to buy or sell elvers.
5. Fee. The fee for an elver exporter’s license is $5,000.
6. Disposition of fees. All fees collected under this section accrue to the Eel and Elver Management Fund established in section 6505-D.
7. Violation. A person who violates this section commits a Class D crime for which a fine of $2,000 must be imposed, none of which may be suspended. Violation of this section is a strict liability crime as defined in Title 17-A, section 34, subsection 4-A.
8. Records. An exporter licensed under this section shall maintain records as specified by the commissioner in rule. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
9. Authorized representatives. A person who holds an elver exporter’s license may identify authorized representatives to act on the license holder’s behalf to transport elvers beyond state limits. The elver exporter’s license holder must identify authorized representatives on forms provided by the department.

summary

This bill creates a new license for elver dealers who are exporting elvers out of the State.

Patterns of Support

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