OLYMPIA — A bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The bill reduces a penalty that aircraft owners were required to pay if their aircraft registrations were 60 days or more past due.
The penalty will be reduced to $100 once the law takes effect July 1.
"A potential $400 penalty on a $65 combined annual aircraft registration and excise tax fee is simply excessive," Dent said in a prepared statement. "This small change to current law provides a fairer approach and will be helpful to many in the aviation community."
Current law has a scaling penalty that starts at $100 and can reach $400 if registration is more than 180 days past due.
The bill also redirects penalty revenue from the general fund to the aeronautics account.
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