Andy Billig can stick a feather in his cap. As a freshman legislator this session in Olympia, he got his first big bill through both chambers of the Legislature.
House Bill 1489, which will limit the amount of phosphorus in some fertilizers, passed the Senate today 32-16. Voting for the bill were Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, and Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Sen. Jeff Baxter, R-Spokane Valley, voted against the bill. Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, also voted for the bill.
The bill passed the House last month, 58-39. It will head back there to approve amendments added in the Senate. Then the bill will go to the governor for her signature.