May 4, 2017

Critical Arizona Plant Services Appropriation Reaches Governor’s Desk Ahead of Final Budget Resolution

Legislation that will be part of Arizona’s overall budget deal, HB 2253, was sent to Governor Doug Ducey today after the Senate passed it 28-2. The bill appropriates $150,000 to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Plant Services Division to supplement a loss of federal grant funding.

The appropriation allows the Department to continue serving the fresh produce and cattle industries by including various policy provisions and funds for state and federal export certifications, as well as for conducting pest surveys. The certifications and surveys ensure WG members can move their products freely.

Representative David Cook sponsored the bill. We also had significant support from Representative Don Shooter, House Appropriations Chairman.

WG is pleased that the Legislature has taken action on HB 2253 in advance of finalizing this year’s budget.

For more information, contact AnnaMarie Knorr at (602) 451-0658.