House passes Rep. Vick’s bill to help local, high-tech companies

20150212_163153abOn a 96-1 vote Monday, the House passed House Bill 1884 to update current law on electric personal assistive mobility devices and address challenges facing two high-tech manufacturers in the 18th District. Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, sponsored the bill.

“This bill has been in the works for two years now, and I'm pleased the House has passed a positive measure toward improving Washington's business climate” said Vick. “Specifically this bill addresses a provision in the law carved out for Segways and other two-wheeled mobility devices. My bill would make an exception to that outdated law.”

Vick introduced the same bill last year, House Bill 2404, but it ultimately died in the Senate.

House Bill 1884 will specifically assist two Camas-based companies to ensure their innovations continue to be profitable and consumers won't be wrongfully ticketed by law enforcement when using these companies' transport devices.

One company, Inventist, Inc., created the Solowheel, a one-wheeled, self-balancing device. Current law does not cover one-wheeled transport devices, and House Bill 1884 adds one-wheeled devices to the statute.

The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration. The 2015 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 26.


Washington State House Republican Communications