Sen. Brad Hawkins was recently named the 2017 Legislative Champion by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association for his work supporting the tree fruit industry across the state.
Hawkins represents the 12th Legislative District, which is renowned for its tree fruit production. He introduced legislation this past session to address challenges for growers presented by a 2015 court decision.
“Agriculture is a huge part of the 12th District and state economy,” said Hawkins. “I am honored to be recognized by the Tree Fruit Association for my work to ensure a strong and vibrant industry.”
Hawkins’ work includes bipartisan legislation aimed at improving compensation and settlement negotiations for the tree fruit industry.
“We need to ensure that workers and producers are able to resolve issues fairly,” Hawkins added. “My bipartisan bill provided a way for the industry to fairly compensate workers and protect producers who are working in good faith. Although it did not become law, it raised awareness of the issue that was hanging over the tree fruit industry and led to improved outcomes for all involved.”
The State Tree Fruit Association presented the inaugural award at its annual luncheon. “This award recognizes Senator Hawkins’ active leadership in support of the state’s tree fruit producers,” said WSTFA President Jon DeVaney. “Our members greatly appreciate the senator’s understanding of and support for our industry’s issues, and this is an opportunity to publicly thank him.”