Gov. Inslee unknowingly breaks law by bringing apples to Whitman County
OLYMPIA, Wash. — When Governor Jay Inslee visited Malden, he brought some apples he had picked at the Governor’s Mansion.
Turns out, doing that broke the law.
The Department of Agriculture alerted the Governor’s Office that taking apples from maggot-infested Western Washington to maggot-free zones, such as Whitman County, was illegal.
Signs are posted along the highway informing motorists about the fruit quarantine.
Technically, breaking the quarantine is a misdemeanor- punishable up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine- but the Department of Agriculture does not pursue criminal penalties.