As of Wednesday, March 30, 2016
OLYMPIA A bill sponsored by Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, to create the Washington State Wrestling special vehicle license plate was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
These special plates will help promote and support college wrestling in Washington state.
“It’s very exciting to see this bill become law,” said Muri. “Currently there are no 4-year college wrestling programs in our state, and only a couple 2-year programs.”
According to Muri these license plates can potentially fund four year, or more, wrestling programs for men and women.
“This will bring more opportunities for students to participate in this great sport and keep our best wrestling athletes right here in the state of Washington.”
Due in part to lack of funding there is currently a shortage of college wrestling programs in Washington state.
In order to remain competitive many high school students involved in the sport are forced to attend college out of state.
After the costs associated with these special license plates are recovered, funds will go to the Washington State Wrestling Foundation to allocate money for new and existing college wrestling programs.
House Bill 1830 was approved by the House with a 91-4 vote and the Senate 42-5 before being signed into law by the governor.
It will go into effect later this year.