Sealer of Weights & Measures
There shall be a State Sealer of Weights and Measures. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry shall be, ex officio, the state sealer. There shall be a Deputy State Sealer of Weights and Measures and state inspectors of weights and measures, referred to in this chapter as the deputy state sealer and inspectors, respectively.
The municipal officers of a municipality may elect or appoint a sealer of weights and measures, and a deputy sealer if necessary, not necessarily a resident of that municipality, and the sealer and deputy sealer hold office during their efficiency and the faithful performance of their duties. The state sealer has final approval authority over a sealer or deputy sealer elected or appointed pursuant to this section. Prior to approval or assuming any duties, a sealer or deputy sealer elected or appointed pursuant to this section must successfully complete certification by the National Conference on Weights and Measures as a weights and measures professional in the National Conference on Weights and Measures professional certification program for the device types the sealer or deputy sealer wishes to seal.
On an as needed basis.
The state sealer shall maintain traceability of the state standards to the National Bureau of Standards. Enforce this chapter; issue, in a manner consistent with the Maine Administrative Procedure Act, reasonable regulations for the enforcement of this chapter, which regulations shall have the force and effect of law. Establish standards of weight, measure or count, reasonable standards of fill, and standards for the presentation of cost per unit information for any packaged commodity; grant any exemptions from this chapter or any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, when appropriate to the maintenance of good commercial practices within the State; conduct investigations to ensure compliance with this chapter; delegate to appropriate personnel any of these responsibilities for the proper administration of his office; test annually the standards of weight and measure used by any city or county within the State and approve the same when found to be correct.