HOUSE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Reported by House Committee On:
Title: An act relating to special parking privileges for persons with disabilities.
Brief Description: Modifying the display requirement for certain parking placards.
Sponsors: Representatives Hunt and Reykdal.
Transportation: 1/16/12, 1/18/12 [DP].
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
Majority Report: Do pass. Signed by 21 members: Representatives Clibborn, Chair; Billig, Vice Chair; Liias, Vice Chair; Armstrong, Ranking Minority Member; Eddy, Fitzgibbon, Hansen, Jinkins, Johnson, Klippert, Kristiansen, McCune, Moeller, Moscoso, Overstreet, Reykdal, Rivers, Shea, Takko, Upthegrove and Zeiger.
Staff: Alison Hellberg (786-7152).
The Department of Licensing (Department) must grant special parking privileges to a person with a disability who meets at least one of the following criteria, as determined by a licensed physician, advanced nurse practitioner, or physician assistant:
cannot walk further than 200 feet without stopping to rest;
is severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition;
is so severely disabled that the person cannot walk without an assistive device;
uses portable oxygen;
is restricted by lung disease to a particular extent;
is impaired by cardiovascular disease or cardiac condition to a particular extent;
has a disability resulting from acute sensitivity to automobile emissions that impairs the ability to walk;
is legally blind and has limited mobility; or
has a form of porphyria to the extent that the applicant would significantly benefit from a decrease in exposure to light.
If a person is granted a special parking privilege, the Department must provide the person with either special license plates or parking placards containing the international symbol of access. Parking placards must be hung on a rearview mirror or displayed on a dashboard.
Summary of Bill:
A parking placard issued to a person with a disability must be displayed in a manner that allows the entire placard to be viewed through the vehicle windshield.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony:
(In support) This bill was suggested by a volunteer for the Lacey Police Department who does a lot of disabled parking enforcement. In many cases, the expiration date is not visible and a ticket must be issued. The citation is removed later if the placard has not expired. This is time-consuming and inefficient. Having the full placard visible would make it so the citations do not have to be issued, saving time and making the process more efficient.
Persons Testifying: Representative Hunt, prime sponsor.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: None.