SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5438





                        57th Legislature

                      2001 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate April 19, 2001

  YEAS 46   NAYS 2




President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 18, 2001

  YEAS 91   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5438 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives






Speaker of the

      House of Representatives



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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5438



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines (originally sponsored by Senators Jacobsen, Regala and Oke; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife)



Concerning the fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permit.   

    AN ACT Relating to fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permits; amending RCW 77.32.380; and prescribing penalties.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 77.32.380 and 2000 c 107 s 271 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Persons who enter upon or use clearly identified department improved access facilities with a motor vehicle may be required to display a current annual fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permit on the motor vehicle while within or while using an improved access facility.  An "improved access facility" is a clearly identified area specifically created for motor vehicle parking, and includes any boat launch or boat ramp associated with the parking area, but does not include the department parking facilities at the Gorge Concert Center near George, Washington.  ((The vehicle use permit is issued in the form of a decal.))  One ((decal)) vehicle use permit shall be issued at no charge with ((each)) an initial purchase of either an annual saltwater, freshwater, combination, small game hunting, big game hunting, ((and)) or trapping license issued by the department.  The annual fee for a fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permit, if purchased separately, is ten dollars.  A person to whom the department has issued a ((decal)) vehicle use permit or who has purchased a vehicle use permit separately may purchase ((a decal)) additional vehicle use permits from the department ((for each additional vehicle owned by the person)) at a cost of five dollars per ((decal upon a showing of proof to the department that the person owns the additional vehicle or vehicles)) vehicle use permit.  Revenue derived from the sale of fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permits shall be used solely for the stewardship and maintenance of department improved access facilities.

    Youth groups may use department improved access facilities without possessing a vehicle use permit when accompanied by a vehicle use permit holder.

    The department may accept contributions into the state wildlife fund for the sound stewardship of fish and wildlife.  Contributors shall be known as "conservation patrons" and, for contributions of twenty dollars or more, shall receive a fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permit free of charge.

    (2) The ((decal)) vehicle use permit must be ((affixed in a permanent manner to)) displayed from the interior of the motor vehicle so that it is clearly visible from outside of the motor vehicle before entering upon or using the motor vehicle on a department improved access facility((, and must be displayed on the rear window of the motor vehicle, or, if the motor vehicle does not have a rear window, on the rear of the motor vehicle)).  The vehicle use permit can be transferred between two vehicles and must contain space for the vehicle  license numbers of each vehicle.

    (3) Failure to display the fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permit if required by this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW, and department employees are authorized to issue a notice of infraction to the registered owner of any motor vehicle entering upon or using a department improved access facility without such a ((decal)) vehicle use permit.  The penalty for failure to clearly display ((or improper display of)) the ((decal)) vehicle use permit is sixty-six dollars.  This penalty is reduced to thirty dollars if the registered owner provides proof to the court that he or she purchased a vehicle use permit within fifteen days after the issuance of the notice of violation.


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