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By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA News Service 

GOP Senators propose free use of state parks

Visitors would no longer need a Discover Pass or pay for day-use parking if the bill passes.

Series: WNPA | Story 2

Last updated 1/14/2020 at 4:22pm

Emily Gilbert

Sunset at Rosario Beach in Deception Pass State Park. A bill in the legislature may allow visitors to go to state parks without the need for a Discover Pass or to pay for day-use parking if it is passed.

OLYMPIA - Residents and visitors will get a break if lawmakers approve a proposal to do away with Discover Pass fees for using state parks.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville and Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, have co-sponsored SB 6174, which would no longer require park visitors to pay $10 for a one-time parking permit or buy the $30 annual parking Discover Pass.

Sen. Schoesler is critical of the tax proposals voted in last year's legislative session. He said the results of the tax advisory votes on last November's ballot, as well as the car tab initiative approved by the...

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