Dent legislation to address agricultural pest and disease threats passes House unanimously

House Bill 2147 that would create the Agricultural Pest and Disease Response Account passed the House unanimously early in the morning on Tuesday.

Rep. Tom Dent, in working with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), sponsored the legislation.

“The goal of this legislation is to provide a more reliable and readily available funding source to address emerging pest threats and diseases,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “Getting this account in place would help prevent, quickly detect and rapidly respond to significant pest and disease problems in our state agricultural industry.”

House Bill 2147 would:

  • create the Agricultural Pest and Disease Response Account.
  • modify the procedure for appointing emergency advisory committee members.
  • require the director of the WSDA to evaluate emergency measures taken no less than once every 60 days.

“This is not just about protecting crops, it is about protecting human and animal health, as well as our food sources,” said Dent. “Our agricultural industry is vital to our state economy and the livelihoods of many families. Anything we can do to help protect those things should be done.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 7.

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