Maine LD 598: An Act To Strengthen the Maine Agriculture Protection Act

LD 598 (subjects: FARMS , COMPOSTING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=598&PID=1456&snum=127


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


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake of Turner: (R – District 75) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 House Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin , REFERRED to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in concurrence.
5/28/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-200)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/29/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-200) 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-200), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
6/1/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/3/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 598 as originally introduced. L.D. 598 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-200) .

An Act To Strengthen the Maine Agriculture Protection Act

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

Sec. 1. 7 MRSA 154, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 649, 3, is amended to read:

154. Violation of municipal ordinances

A method of farm operation used by a farm or farm operation or agricultural composting operation located in an area where agricultural activities are permitted may not be considered a violation of a municipal ordinance if the method of operation constitutes farm operation or agricultural composting operation conforms to best management practices as determined by the commissioner in accordance with section 153, subsection 1.

Sec. 2. 7 MRSA 155, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 649, 3, is amended to read:

155. Application; municipal ordinances

This chapter does not affect the application of state and federal laws. A municipality must provide the commissioner with a copy of any proposed ordinance that affects farm operations or agricultural composting operations. The clerk of the municipality or a municipal official designated by the clerk shall submit a copy of the proposed ordinance to the commissioner at least 90 days prior to the meeting of the legislative body or public hearing at which adoption of the ordinance will be considered. The commissioner shall review the proposed ordinance and advise the municipality as to whether the proposed ordinance restricts or prohibits the use of best management practices. This section does not affect municipal authority to enact ordinances.

SUMMARY

This bill ensures that agricultural composting operations are included in all sections of the Maine Agriculture Protection Act, also commonly known as the right-to-farm law, that protect farms and farm operations.

Patterns of Support

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