House approves Washington Wine license plate bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers

For the second time in as many years, the Washington State House of Representatives has approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers to create a specialty Washington Wine license plate.

Under House Bill 2050, a fee of $40 would be charged for the plate, which would feature a scenic landscape of Washington wine country. All funds generated from sales of the plate, as well as from $30 renewals, would go to the Washington Tourism Alliance to help promote tourism throughout the state.

“Many of our communities were badly hurt by the closure of the state's tourism office in 2011,” said Chambers, R-Puyallup. “This bill provides a creative way to promote one of our state's most important industries and some of the most beautiful wine country in the world, while also supporting the efforts of the Washington Tourism Alliance. I was glad to see such overwhelmingly support from my colleagues in the House.”

Before the bill can become law, signatures from 3,500 Washingtonians must be submitted to the Department of Licensing. Residents who wish to sign the petition can do so here.

Facts about Washington's wine industry (source):

  • Number of wineries: 1,000+
  • Number of wine grape growers: 400+
  • Wine grape acreage: 59,000+ acres
  • Wine production: Approx. 17.5 million cases
  • Varieties produced: 70+
  • Total economic impact: $7 billion

House Bill 2050 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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