Apple License Plate Bill Passes

Apple License Plate Bill Passes

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. What kind of apple is on your plate? Well, soon you can say Washington Iconic “apple logo” is on your license plate after a bill proposing such a specialty plate was overwhelmingly approved by both the House and Senate.

The bill’s sponsor, 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins says the Washington apple license plate is timely …

HAWKINS … “It’s a big year for Washington apples with the Cosmic Crisp, with some ongoing trade challenges with China, and the 25-year anniversary of the Washington Apple Education Foundation.”

Speaking of which, Hawkins says …

HAWKINS … “The Washington Apple Education Foundation, which is the official charity of our tree fruit industry, goes to fund college scholarship opportunities for many first-generation college students. So, it’s a very good cause and we’re excited to get this done.”

Hawkins says bill passage is icing on the cake …

HAWKINS … “I’m really excited about this bill, not just because we’re getting the specialty plate, but because we’re able to promote the importance of our tree fruit industry to our state and national economy in the process.”

Washington Apple Commission president Todd Fryhover says WAEF sets a great example …

FRYHOVER … “I think the good deeds of the Washington apple industry are exemplified by the Washington Apple Education Foundation. So, the more people that we can help, the more, young children and youth that we can help get into higher education is very critical.”

Fee for the initial Apple Plates will be $40, and $30 for an annual renewals.

The Washington Apple License Plate bill now goes to Governor Inslee for his signature.

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