Senate Passes SB 5622!
The Washington State Senate has passed the Discover Pass bill, which would fund recreation for Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. It's now awaiting a House vote. Call today to urge your representatives to pass this legislation.
UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY, APRIL 21:
House votes out Discover Pass. Bill is now headed to the Governor. Stay tuned for more details later!
From April 20:
This afternoon, the Washington State Senate passed SB 5622, which authorizes the Discover Pass. It made it through the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote: 33 yea, 14 nay, 1 absent and 1 excused.
The Discover Pass bill would fund recreation for Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Without it, many parks and trails would be closed beginning July 1, 2011.
Almost as quickly, the House pulled the bill to the second reading calendar, which, in legislative-speak, means that it's on the floor waiting for a vote. This could happen tomorrow, Friday or even as late as this weekend.
It is possible that the bill could be amended on the floor of the House, and WTA wants to make sure that the intent of the Senate is preserved. SB 5622 was vetted and supported by hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and all the other stakeholders that would pay the fee.
Please take a moment to call your representatives and tell them to support SB 5622 without amendments.
The future of all of our favorite hikes on state lands depends on passage of a clean and uncompromised bill. Please use the legislative hotline number: 1.800.562.6000. And please, act now! Tomorrow could be too late.