House passes apple maggot legislation

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House passes apple maggot legislation

Legislation to more effectively address the apple maggot in Yakima County moved one step closer to becoming law March 6.

House Bill 1889, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Chandler, would allow the Washington State Department of Agriculture to transfer $150,000 provided by fruit growers from an inspection account to the Yakima District's pest control board. The funding will help the local pest control board better seek out and eradicate the apple maggot.

“I'm pleased to see this bill move forward so we can ensure our quality produce is not tarnished by the apple maggot,” said Chandler, R-Granger. “Our agriculture industry is a cornerstone of our state's economy. Ensuring we have the best quality apples to send to our trade partners is crucial to our success.”

The House adopted the measure unanimously. It now moves to the Senate for consideration before the end of the session, scheduled for April 28.

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