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Originally published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

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Fines possible in electric vehicle parking spots

The Washington state Senate is looking to fine drivers who improperly park in spaces reserved for electric vehicles.

The Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The Washington state Senate is looking to fine drivers who improperly park in spaces reserved for electric vehicles.

Senators widely approved a $124 penalty for those who take up parking spots clearly marked for electric vehicles. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom says those spots are critical for electric cars, which need to have the ability to get to recharging stations.

Sen. Mark Mullet of Issaquah says he has an electric vehicle and has experienced times when dedicated parking spaces are filled by gas-consuming cars.

The measure passed by a 43-6 margin and now goes to the state House.

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