Two bills sponsored by Chandler signed into law

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Two bills sponsored by Chandler signed into law

Two bills aimed at helping to address challenges that arise for the agriculture industry were signed into law today. Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, sponsored the legislation.   House Bill 1886 will help the cattle and dairy industries with tracing disease by providing cost recovery to the Department of Agriculture. It passed both the House and Senate unanimously.   “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.”   House Bill 1889 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 aide in apple maggot management. This bill also passed the House and Senate unanimously.   “The apple maggot has the potential to be a serious threat to our world-class apples,” Chandler said. “This bill helps the Yakima area more effectively track and eradicate the apple maggot so our trade partners are confident in our quality produce.”   Both bills will go into effect July 28. The 2013 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn Sunday, April 28.

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