Dent’s Beef Commission and aviation license plate bills pass Senate unanimously, head to governor’s desk for signature

The Washington State Senate recently passed two pieces of legislation prime sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent. The bills now head to the governor for his signature.

House Bill 2073 would add more oversight to the Washington State Beef Commission's finances.

“During the interim I met with many people in the beef industry and there was strong support to improve the accountability and oversight of the commission's finances,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “This legislation puts that financial transparency in place, while also focusing on the commission's priorities.”

Under the legislation the commission's focus would include promoting the beef industry, engaging in health and safety research and education, providing support to the industry and maintaining efforts to increase beef consumption. The Beef Commission would also submit a detailed budget and expenditure report to the Legislature at the end of the each fiscal year.

House Bill 1400 would create a Washington state aviation license plate.

“As a pilot with more than 40 years flying experience, both commercial and recreational, I wanted to do something to honor the aviation industry and give something back,” said Dent. “The proceeds of the license plates will go toward addressing the infrastructure needs at our public-use airports and our publically-owned airports. This is just a small part of the work we are doing to enhance the growth and development of our aviation facilities.”

We are working to address the infrastructure needs at our public use airports, and this is just a small part of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Both bills passed the Senate unanimously. The governor has not scheduled the bill signings at this time.

The Washington State Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the regular session on April 23.


Washington State House Republican Communications