Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

May 05, 2023

Torres bill to expand farm-internship program signed into law

Thanks to a measure sponsored by Sen. Nikki Torres, more young people will soon be on their way to becoming the next generation of Washington farmers. Senate Bill 5156, which was signed by the governor on Thursday in a ceremony at the Capitol, expands the state’s successful farm-internship program statewide...
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April 06, 2023

Torres crop-protection bill signed by governor

Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill sponsored by first-year Sen. Nikki Torres to help with the administration of rules related to crop-protection products. The measure, which passed both the House and Senate with unanimous support, is Torres’ first bill to make it through the legislative process to the governor’s...
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February 28, 2023

Senate unanimously approves Torres bill improving irrigation-district elections

Today the Senate voted 47-0 to approved state Sen. Nikki Torres’s bill to modernize irrigation-district elections by permitting the use of mail-in ballots in place of exclusively polling places and absentee ballots. Senate Bill 5709 deals with the election of directors for irrigation districts, which construct, operate and maintain the...
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January 17, 2023

Torres farm internship bill clears Senate labor committee

Today members of the state Senate Labor and Commerce Committee unanimously advanced Sen. Nikki Torres’ legislation to help support the next generation of Washington farmers by expanding the state’s farm internship program. “The average age of a Washington farmer is nearly 59,” said Torres, R-Pasco, who represents the largely rural...
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