McCabe’s bill to give free state park access to Oregon disabled veterans unanimously passes House committee

Rep. Gina McCabe's bill that would allow disabled veterans living in Oregon to qualify for Washington's Lifetime Veteran Disability pass for state parks received unanimous approval from the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Currently, Oregon extends their disabled veterans state park passes to non-resident veterans, including those living in Washington state. House Bill 1247 would return the favor, allowing Oregon veterans with a 30 percent service-related disability to be eligible for Washington's Lifetime Veteran Disability pass.

McCabe first introduced the bill during the 2016 legislative session, when Larry Jose, a veteran living in Goldendale, approached her with the idea for a bi-state partnership to help Washington and Oregon disabled veterans.

“It's important we recognize the contributions of all military men and women, including those across the river from us,” said McCabe. “Not only will this bill encourage Oregon veterans to recreate in our beautiful state, it will also boost our tourism industry.”

McCabe is the ranking Republican serving on the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee.

The 2017 legislative session began Jan. 9 and is scheduled to last 105 days.

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