Apple license plate approved 46-1 by state Senate

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The Apple license plate moved a step closer to your vehicle Thursday.

A bill by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins was approved by the Senate by a 46-1 vote.

The lone no vote came from Spokane Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler.

“This bill will allow vehicle owners to show their pride in Washington’s iconic apples, bring more awareness to our important apple industry and help raise money for local scholarships,” Hawkin said.

The bill still needs the approval of the House.

Washington already has a wide variety of specialty plates people can purchase, featuring everything from universities, to parks to veterans to wildlife.

What those cost depends on the design and fees but likely would be $65 to $75.

Hawkins is teaming with the Washington Apple Commission and the Washington Apple Education Foundation in pushing for recognition for the state’s best-selling fruit.