Maine LD 435: An Act To Extend the Protection of Municipal Shellfish Conservation Programs

LD 435 (subjects: MARINE RESOURCES DEPT , PROCEDURES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=435&PID=1456&snum=127


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


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky of Cumberland: (D – District 24) — e-mail | Facebook

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/24/2015 Senate Committee on MARINE RESOURCES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Baker of Sagadahoc REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/24/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/16/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (S-40) READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-40)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/16/2015 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” (S-40) 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” (S-40).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/16/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/21/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.
5/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending CONSIDERATION
Unfinished Business
5/6/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
LD 435 In Senate, May 7, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 16 In Favor and 19 In the Negative, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 435 as originally introduced. L.D. 435 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 (S-40) .

An Act To Extend the Protection of Municipal Shellfish Conservation Programs

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, the soft shell clam and marine worm industries are vital to Maine’s coastal economy; and

Whereas, cooperation of the soft shell clam and marine worm industries and other interested parties is needed to develop predator control strategies to mitigate the effects of green crabs; and

Whereas, the soft shell clam and marine worm industries have an economic interest in properly managing the intertidal zone in a way that does not disadvantage either user group; and

Whereas, green crabs are thought to exert adverse impact on juvenile soft shell clams and the intertidal zone, and research is needed to understand and respond to the effects of green crabs on the intertidal zone; and

Whereas, green crabs are invasive and are causing immediate damage, and the municipal predator control pilot project as well as the authority of municipalities to remove green crabs from predator control project areas expire February 28, 2015; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

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

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 6671, sub- 10-C, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 517, 1, is amended to read:

10-C. Prohibition. A person may not fish for or take any marine organism from within a predator control project area that has been approved by the commissioner as part of a municipal predator control project, except that the municipality may remove green crabs from within the predator control project area. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $1,000 may be adjudged.

This subsection is repealed February 28, 2015 2017.

Sec. 2. PL 2013, c. 517, 2, sub- 6 is amended to read:

Sec. 6. Repeal. This section is repealed February 28, 2015 2017.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

SUMMARY

This bill delays by 2 years the repeal of the provision of law that prohibits the harvesting of marine organisms from within municipal predator control project areas, except for municipal removal of green crabs. The bill also extends by 2 years the municipal predator control pilot project within the Department of Marine Resources to evaluate the effectiveness of predator control strategies in increasing the survival rate of soft shell clams and marine worms.

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