House approves Rep. Tom Dent’s aviation license plate bill
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SUGGESTED LEAD: A bill that would create a special Washington aviation license plate flew out of the House of Representatives Tuesday. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.
SATTGAST: Representative Tom Dent has been a professional pilot for 41 years and owns a crop-dusting business in Moses Lake. He has a deep love of flying, and he's in good company. It took only 10 days to gather more than 35 hundred signatures asking the state to create a new license plate to celebrate aviation in Washington. The 13th District Republican sponsored the bill.
DENT: “Aviation and our aerospace is huge in the state of Washington. And to have an opportunity to honor that and have people show support of that industry to me is really exciting. And even more exciting than that is these license plates make a little money. But we're going to put that money back in to our system.”
SATTGAST: Proceeds from the specialized aviation license plates will go to the state Department of Transportation for improvements at Washington's public airports.
The plate is displayed with a bi-plane, the words, “Celebrate Aviation,” and the backdrop of Mount Rainier. With a 94-4 vote in the House, Dent is optimistic the bill will take off in the Senate and eventually land on the governor's desk.
John Sattgast, Olympia.
###Washington State House Republican Communications
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