Apple Specialty License Plates Pt 2

Apple Specialty License Plates Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. Washington state has plenty of specialty license plates, like Huskies, Cougars, Mariners, Seahawks, bicycling, and square dancing for crying out loud … but so far … NONE with our iconic Washington Apple.

Well, a new bill, sponsored by 12-district Senator Brad Hawkins is hoping to change that …

HAWKINS … “And, it’s been a team effort also to promote this Washington Apple special license plate, which we have a whole host of entities supporting us. The Washington Apple Commission, of course, a lot of growers, the Washington Apple Education Foundation and we’re excited to hopefully move this bill all the way through the process.”

Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover was in Olympia recently to offer his support for the effort …

FRYHOVER … “You know, it’s an honor and a privilege to be here today to put this license plate forward. I think the good deeds of the Washington apple industry are exemplified by the Washington Apple Education Foundation. So, the more people we can help, the more young children and youth that we can help getting a higher education is very critical.”

Hawkins, an East Wenatchee Republican, says proceeds from the Apple plates would help support college scholarships for students with ties to the apple industry …

HAWKINS … “Also, in the process, we get an opportunity to talk about the importance of our apple industry here in Washington to not only people throughout Central Washington and throughout the state, but really our entire state and national economy. So, we’re excited about that and hoping for the best for apple license plate bill this year.”

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is in its 25th year of providing the scholarships.

Hawkins’ bipartisan bill has passed in the Senate and now moves to the House for consideration.

The Department of Licensing will require the collection of at least 3,500 signatures indicating demand for apple license plates and the Washington Apple Commission has a link on its website for that purpose and to provide more information …

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