Maine LD 304: An Act To Support Marketing of Maine’s Farms and Fisheries

LD 304 (subjects: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , BUSINESS ASSISTANCE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=304&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. David Miramant of Knox: (D – District 12) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

6 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/10/2015 Senate Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Edgecomb of Aroostook REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/19/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Support Marketing of Maine’s Farms and Fisheries

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

Sec. 1. 7 MRSA 436-B is enacted to read:

436-B. Competitive grants for business planning and feasibility studies

An agricultural enterprise may receive grant funding from the accrued interest in the cash balance of the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund, as established in Title 10, section 1023-J, for the purposes of developing a business plan or conducting a feasibility study for new infrastructure projects in accordance with this section.

1. Eligibility. The commissioner may authorize through the use of a competitive process the release of grant funds to an applicant for the purposes of developing a business plan or conducting a feasibility study for a new infrastructure project if the commissioner determines that:

A. The new infrastructure project described in the application has merit;
B. The new infrastructure project is designed to support the operation of an agricultural enterprise under the provisions of this subchapter and Title 10, section 1023-J; and
C. The business plan for the new infrastructure project is inadequate or the application does not include a business plan.

2. Limitations. The amount of funds released for the purposes of developing a business plan or feasibility study under subsection 1 may not exceed 50% of the cost of developing the business plan or conducting the feasibility study.

summary

This bill allows the accrued interest in the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund to be used for competitive grants that would fund feasibility studies or business planning for new infrastructure projects that would support the operation of an agricultural enterprise.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 304 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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