September 20, 2020

An Act To Further Delegate Permit-granting Authority to the Bureau of Forestry

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

Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §480-E-3, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 599, §13 and amended by c. 657, Pt. W, §§5 and 7 and PL 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §23, is further amended to read:

§ 480-E-3. Delegation of permit-granting authority to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry

Notwithstanding section 480-E-1, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry shall issue all permits under this article for timber harvesting activities…………………………

SUMMARY

Under the Natural Resources Protection Act, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry each have permitting authority with respect to timber harvesting activities. This bill consolidates this permitting authority under the bureau.<<<Read Entire Bill Proposal>>>

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