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Eye On Olympia

The mustard-seed bug pays off…

On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Locke signed into law a bill granting some tax exemptions for construction and equipment used to make bio-diesel, a much more environmentally-friendly form of diesel fuel that's made from crops like rapeseed. Proponents want to build a manufacturing plant in Spokane County.
Much of the credit for the bill goes to the Spokane County Conservation District, which has driven its mustard-seed-oil-powered Volkswagen bug over to Olympia many times in recent years, trying to convince lawmakers to cut the fledgling biodiesel industry some slack.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.