Two cars, one Discover Pass — no problem under new legislation

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, is sponsoring legislation that would allow Washington’s Discover Pass to transfer between vehicles.

Ranker, the prime sponsor of the bill creating the Discover Pass last spring, said the intent of his new legislation is for convenience for prospective purchasers and families.

“Different activities require different vehicles and modes of transportation,” said Ranker. “After hearing from citizens statewide, it’s clear that a non-transferable pass places too large a burden upon already strained family budgets.”

A November survey conducted by Washington State University under the direction of state Parks, Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources agencies showed the lack of transferability triggering a negative effect.

“The goal here is the same as it’s always been — to keep the gates open at public lands,” Ranker said. “If we can add a new level of convenience for families while improving the pass to achieve this goal, then that’s a positive outcome on all sides.”

The legislation amends existing law to allow transferability between two vehicles and would take effect immediately. Current pass holders would be allowed a second vehicle as well.

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