A single, state recreation land pass now can be used on either of two motor vehicles, thanks to new legislation signed today by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The change takes effect immediately. Holders of previously issued annual passes may enter a second vehicle license number on their existing pass.
Pass transfer between two vehicles also applies to vehicle access passes issued free with purchases of annual fishing and hunting licenses for access to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation lands and water- access sites.
“The Discover Pass is a great way to experience some of Washington’s most extraordinary places and this legislation makes it even easier to visit our state parks and recreation lands,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “Our parks, some of the best in the world, rely on user support and this small investment to enjoy our public lands is well worth it.”
The Discover Pass was created by the 2011 Legislature and took effect last July. The pass, required to park motor vehicles in state parks and other state recreation lands, was created to make up for reductions in state general fund support for state recreation lands. The new modifications were adopted in a bill sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Steve Tharinger of the 24th Legislative District which covers parts of Grays Harbor.
So far, revenue from Discover Pass sales has come in at less than half of original projections. Projected sales through the end of 2011 were $19.38 million, while actual revenue for the period was $8.2 million.
For more information, visit the Discover Pass website at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.