Inslee signs livestock disease traceability bill
By STEVE BROWN
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law two measures that impact Washington state agriculture.
Two signed bills were sponsored by Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger:
* House Bill 1886 will help the cattle and dairy industries with tracing disease by providing cost recovery to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
"This legislation will assist the department with tracing livestock in the case of a disease outbreak," Chandler said. "The eventual goal is to move to an electronic system so the producers and the department can reduce costs."
* HB1889 will authorize a transfer of $150,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture's Inspection Account, which is funded by fruit growers, to the Yakima District's pest control board, to aid in apple maggot management.
"The apple maggot has the potential to be a serious threat to our world-class apples," said Chandler, who owns and operates an orchard in Central Washington. "This bill helps the Yakima area more effectively track and eradicate the apple maggot so our trade partners are confident in our quality produce."
With three days left in the 2013 regular session, the Legislature continues to work on a state budget. If it is not completed by the April 28 adjournment, a special session will be necessary to complete the work.