Seahawks and Sounders FC license plate bill passes House

A measure to authorize two Washington license plates that will directly benefit youth and youth-oriented programs across the state was passed by the House Thursday and now moves to the governor Jay Inslee's desk for signature.

Senate Bill 5152 creates separate specialty license plates for fans of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC, according to a press release from the office of Lt. Gov. Brad Owen who askedr legislators to introduce the bill.

The plates are expected to go on sale in January and will cost $40 with a $30 annual renewal fee.

The legislation directs net proceeds from Seahawks plate sales to go to InvestED, a Seattle-based non-profit that partners with schools to help students from low-income families buy clothes, shoes, school activity cards, testing fees and other student needs.

The bulk of the proceeds from Sounders FC plate sales will benefit Washington State Mentors, a public/private partnership based in Issaquah that provides grants and assistance to youth organizations across the state.

A third non-profit, the Association of Washington Generals is to receive a smaller portion of the Sounders FC plate sales. The AWG recognizes outstanding individuals and promotes a variety of civic and veterans causes.

Senator Tracey Eide of Federal Way sponsored the bill.

"We are very pleased that this passed, and would like to thank everyone who made it possible," Owen said. He credited representatives Marcie Maxwell, Eric Pettigrew, Bruce Chandler, Luis Moscoso as well as House Speaker Frank Chopp for "their overtime action" in moving the bill to a vote.

"The bottom line for this legislation 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 sale of these plates," Owen said.