Discover Pass expansion gets senate committee nod

Published on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 by Maida Suljevic, WNPA News Bureau

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The Washington State Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee on January 9 voted unanimously to refer a bill to the Ways and Means Committee that would make the Discover Pass transferable between two vehicles.

The Discover Pass was established by the legislature and the creating bill signed by the governor during last year’s legislative session. It went into effect July 1, 2011.

The Discover Pass is required on vehicles to access state parks, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, and any recreation lands or water-access sites managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Under current law, the Discover Pass costs $30 annually and $10 for a daily pass per vehicle.

The current fine for not displaying a Discover Pass on a vehicle while on state recreation land or a water-access site is $99.

Under the proposed legislation, the cost would remain the same, but the pass would be transferable between two vehicles at the same address. Discover Passes are available from recreation license vendors, by phone, when vehicle licenses are renewed, or at state parks.