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Washington’s Proposed Bill Seems To Eliminate Discover Passes

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Copyright: KXLY 4 News, Matt Gray

OLYMPIA, Wash.– The Evergreen State has plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors.

Some places require Explore Pass, you’ll pay $30 for the annual pass, or $10 for just one day. One lawmaker in Washington said that was too much for some families.

Congressman Mary Dye (District 9) wants to get rid of them altogether. She introduced House bill 1824, will do it.

The bill says outdoor recreation makes people healthier. Not only that, it says that people who spend more time outside have better connections to the environment, which often leads them to “better manage our natural resources”. It says that has long-lasting and immeasurable impacts on the state and the resources it maintains.

Exiting the Discover Pass will give people access to millions of acres of recreational land administered by the state of Washington. That includes state parks, water access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.

The goal of the bill is to make outdoor space affordable for all.

The bill states the legislature will find a full range of state parks and outdoor recreation activities. The bill also proposes the state create a way for people to donate to the state park fund when they get their Washington driver’s license or renew their driver’s license.

Every year, the parks offer “free days”. That way, people who don’t have a Discover Pass can hit the trails and get out without worrying about penalties. You can see the list of those free days here.

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https://www.kxly.com/proposed-washington-bill-looks-to-get-rid-of-discover-passes/ Washington’s Proposed Bill Seems To Eliminate Discover Passes

Emma Bowman

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