Rep. Tom Dent’s bill to create the Washington Aviation special license plate passes House

A measure that would create a new Washington Aviation special license plate passed the state House of Representatives on a 94-4 vote Tuesday. House Bill 1400, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, a pilot, now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

“The purpose of this bill is to honor and support the great aviation community in our state. Aviation has been such a big part of our state's history, dating back more than 100 years when Boeing landed in Washington,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “Part of the proceeds from the sales of these special plates would go to support infrastructure improvements at public use airports in our state. I think this will be important over time.”

The Department of Licensing (DOL) issues special vehicle license plates that may be used instead of standard plates. A governmental or nonprofit sponsoring organization seeking to sponsor a special plate can either submit an application to the DOL or request legislation to create the special plate. The sponsoring organization is required to reimburse the DOL for the costs of establishing the new special plate.

The new Washington Aviation special license plate would look like this:

Aviation license plate

Wednesday represented the hallway point of the 105-day legislative session, which ends on April 23.


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