A new way for fans of the Seahawks and Sounders FC to show their support of the teams is just a signature away.
A measure (SSB 5152) to authorize Washington license plates for both teams, with funds raised also benefiting youth programs across the state, passed the House on Thursday and has moved to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee for his approval.
“We are very pleased that this passed, and would like to thank everyone who made it possible,” Lt. Gov. Brad Owen said in the release announcing the news.
Owen cited state representatives Marcie Maxwell, Eric Pettigrew, Bruce Chandler and Luis Moscoso and House Speaker Frank Chopp for their “overtime action” in moving the bill that was sponsored by Senator Tracey Eide to a vote.
The genesis of the bill was outlined in this story that ran last month.
The state’s Office of Financial Management estimates that sales of the plates over the first five years will exceed $4.25 million, and the proceeds will benefit InvestED, a nonprofit that partners with schools to help students from low-income families; Washington State Mentors, a public/private partnership that provides grants and assistance to youth organizations; and the Association of Generals, which recognizes outstanding individuals and promotes civic and veterans causes.
“The bottom line for this legislature is that, thanks to the support of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC organization and their fans, we will be able to help some great organizations support thousands of youth through the sales of these plates,” Owen said.