There shall be established upon the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be
known as the Dockside Testing Trust Fund to be expended, without prior appropriation,
by the department of public health. The fund shall consist of fees to collected from harvesters of molluscan shellfish
on Georges Bank in waters that are not monitored for the presence of paralytic shellfish
toxin in the amount $35,000 per vessel that harvests molluscan shellfish in those
waters. The commissioner shall make necessary expenditures from the fund only for the administrative
costs of the operations and programs of the department related to regulating and monitoring
the shellfish harvesters, including the testing of shellfish as necessary to ensure
that they are safe for human consumption. The department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts
in anticipation of expected receipts, but no expenditure shall be made from the fund
that would cause the fund to be in deficit at the close of a fiscal year. Moneys deposited in the fund that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year shall
not revert to the General Fund.
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