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Wash. Senator Proposes Change in Discover Pass

December 21, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Washington state Sen. Jim Hargrove is proposing legislation which would allow owners of the Discover Pass to transfer it between two vehicles and which would clarify what Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lands the passes are required to access.

Newstalk 1450 reported that Senate Bill 5998 was introduced in the last day of the special session. Hargrove says in addition to increasing the number of vehicles a pass can be used for, the bill seeks to correct the definition of DNR lands that require the pass for public access.

“I am concerned about the criteria the Department of Natural Resources has developed for determining whether a Discover Pass is required,” says Hargrove, a member of the Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee.

When the Discover Pass was created in the spring, the legislation stated that the $30 annual or $10 daily pass was required to access “any recreation site or land.” State lands that fall under that heading must meet certain criteria, such as having adopted recreation plans, campgrounds, trailheads or documented management costs. Hargrove says questions about those criteria are causing confusion.

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