|HB 1489-S.E - DIGEST|
|(DIGEST AS ENACTED)|
Limits the sale, display, and application of turf fertilizer labeled as containing phosphorus.
|VETO MESSAGE ON ESHB 1489|
|April 14, 2011|
|To the Honorable Speaker and Members,|
|The House of Representatives of the State of Washington|
|Ladies and Gentlemen:|
|I am returning herewith, without my approval as to Section 4, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1489 entitled:|
"AN ACT Relating to protecting water quality through restrictions on fertilizer containing phosphorus."
|This bill limits the use, sale, and retail display of turf fertilizer that contains phosphorus, as of January 1, 2013.|
|Section 4 would prevent the Department of Agriculture from enforcing the bill through the issuance of civil penalties. Without this tool, the Department would be unable to effectively implement the bill.|
|For this reason, I have vetoed Section 4 of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1489.|
|It is unfortunate that the final bill did not include the exemption for fertilizers made from biosolids, manure and other organic materials. These products provide a valued and beneficial use of materials that would otherwise need to be managed as waste. Since the bill is not effective until January 2013, I would entertain legislation in 2012 to exempt these organic products from the limits established in the bill.|
|With the exception of Section 4, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1489 is approved.|