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By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA News Service 

GOP senators propose free use of state parks

 

January 15, 2020

Washington State Parks

GO FOR FREE?: Palouse Falls State Park in southeastern Washington could be free to visit, along with all other state parks, if new Republican legislation passes.

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.

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 state's voters, were evidence that voters favor less taxation.

"We are not listening to the taxpayer," Schoesler s...



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