Apple license plate bill receives positive hearing

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January 27, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m excited to share that my Washington apple license plate legislation, Senate Bill 6032, described in last week’s email newsletter received a public hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee last week.  

Ruth Ortiz and Jennifer Witherbee testify on the apple license plate bill

Jennifer Witherbee, Executive Director of the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF), smiles proudly during the testimony of Ruth Ortiz (left), a University of Washington graduate student and former WAEF scholarship recipient. Proceeds from the sale of the plate would help fund additional scholarships.

Strong support for apple license plate bill 

I'm pleased to report that the hearing went very well. Several people testified in favor of the bill, including officials with the Washington Apple Commission and Washington Apple Education Foundation. Now that the Transportation Committee has held its public hearing on the bill, the next step is for the committee to approve the measure to advance it further through the legislative process. The deadline for the Transportation Committee to pass bills in its committee is February 11. If the bill successfully advances out of its committee, the next step would be a potential vote on the Senate floor by all the members.   

Watch the SB 6032 bill hearing on TVW

Our state and its citizens are fortunate to have TVW, Television Washington, connected throughout our State Capitol to provide access to committee hearings, legislative debate, and bill signings. You can watch the Senate Transportation Committee’s public hearing on SB 6032 by clicking this link to view TVW’s coverage. To view interviews with representatives from our apple industry about the Cosmic Crisp and specialty license plate proposal, click this link - Apple Industry Interview Video.

TVW screenshot of Sen. Hawkins testifying on apple license plate bill.

To watch the SB 6032 bill hearing, including my testimony and our local panel, please click on this TVW link. Thank you to our local officials on a job well done!

Statewide interest in apple license plates

Todd Fryhover, Sen. Hawkins, Toni Lynn Adams and Jennifer Witherbee

It has been an honor to work alongside our apple industry leaders on this project. Pictured in the photo (from left) are Todd Fryhover, President of the Washington Apple Commission; Toni Lynn Adams, Communication Outreach Coordinator of the Washington Apple Commission; and Jennifer Witherbee, Executive Director of the Washington Apple Education Foundation. 

Signatures required to demonstrate support 

As part of the process, the Department of Licensing requires a collection of signatures showing at least 3,500 people have interest in the plate. The Washington Apple Commission is collecting signatures. Those interested in signing can click this online site.

Listen to my latest radio interviews

As you know, I pride myself in being accessible to you and work hard to share information with you. Each week throughout the session, I call into our local radio stations for live interviews about the Legislative session. If you’d like to hear my recent interviews, click on these links for KPQ, KOHO, or KOZI.

Also, in addition to my regular weekly radio interviews, I was a guest on KPQ’s The Agenda. Click here to listen to my interview on January 21 with host Dave Bernstein.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your state senator.



Brad Hawkins

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District


107 Newhouse Building - P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000