Senate passes bill creating Washington apple license plate
OLYMPIA, Wash . – A bill that would create a Washington apple license plate has been approved by the state Senate and now goes to the House for consideration.
The bill, SB 6032, was approved by a 46-1 vote in the Senate.
“This bill will allow vehicle owners to show their pride in Washington’s iconic apples, bring more awareness to our important apple industry and help raise money for local scholarships,” said 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins, who sponsored the bill, “The Washington Apple Commission and Washington Apple Education Foundation do great work, so I am excited to partner with them on this legislation. I’m pleased that so many of my Senate colleagues have supported this bill either by co-sponsoring it or voting for it today. I look forward to working with the House in hopes this bill will be approved there as well.”
The Washington Apple Education Foundation would benefit from the bill if passed.
“We are excited for the opportunities the Washington apple specialty license plate may create for central Washington college-bound students,” said Jennifer Witherbee, executive director of the Washington Apple Education Foundation. “For 25 years the tree fruit industry has demonstrated its commitment to industry families through support of the Washington Apple Education Foundation. If passed, this is one more route industry members and supporters can pursue to proudly share their allegiance to the apple industry and their desire to make a difference through education.”
The license plates would have a $40 fee, and would cost $30 to renew annually.
The Department of Licensing also requires a collection of signatures indicating the demand for at least 3,500 plates. The Washington Apple Commission has developed this site for that purpose.
As of Friday morning, the petition had over 2,200 signatures.