The OFFICIAL website of Seattle’s Favorite Clown!
Unfortunately, after clearing most of the required steps through the state legislature including successfully passing the the vote in the House and making its way to the Senate consent calendar, House Bill 1255 ultimately ran out of time for the 2019 legislative session. Higher priority bills took precedence and our bill to make the Patches Pal license plates did not run before the cutoff date.
The good news is that, since it passed successfully through both the House and Senate Transportation Committees and the vote in the House, it is very likely that we will get it passed next year.
We are sad that we will have to wait another year, but we should be encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive responses it received.
Hang in there, Patches Pals! We’ll regroup and do this all over again for the 2020 Legislative Session!
Thanks for all of your patience and support everyone! And thanks again to all of the key players: Erik Madsen, Eve Mercado Kopp, Curt Hanks, Chris Rimple, Rep. John Lovick, Senator Jamie Pedersen and Ann Gifford over at the Legislature for getting all of the necessary players together – as well as all of YOU for writing your senators and representatives expressing your support!
Good news, Patches Pals! House Bill 1255 for Creating Patches Pal Special License Plates has been introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Transportation Committee! It was sponsored by Representative John Lovick and co-sponsored by Reps Orwall, Sells, Stanford, Dufault and Irwin on January 17, 2019. You can read the bill here.
There was a public hearing by the House Transportation Committee for the JP Patches license plate bill on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the state capitol in Olympia, WA. Chris Rimple spoke to the committee about the history of J.P. and his connection to Seattle Children’s.
You can follow the status and subscribe to email updates at the Washington State Legislature website.
Those who grew up in the Pacific Northwest know how beloved and significant J.P. Patches and Gertrude were to our culture. Played by Chris Wedes and Bob Newman, they created one of the longest running children’s television shows in American history (1958 – 1981) and were an important part of the fabric of our community for decades after. In order to commemorate and pay tribute to their legacy, we’re working to galvanize the community to support the creation of a Patches Pals Washington State special license plate.
Proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer program, a philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers through immunotherapy treatments.
We have met our goal of 3,500 signatures from Washington state residents in order to be considered by the Department of Licensing.
Seattle Children’s and J.P. Patches have a long history together going back to the early 1960’s. J.P. & Gertrude often visited the hospital, entertaining patients, families, and staff. During the 1970’s, J.P. and friends made a significant donation to the hospital, funding the J.P. Patches Playroom. The J.P. and Gertrude statue, located in Fremont, also generated a significant gift for Seattle Children’s at the behest of Chris Wedes and his wife, Joanie.
Over time, it is expected that the special J.P. Patches license plate could raise as much as $250,000 or more for cancer immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s. Immunotherapy is a groundbreaking new treatment that harnesses the power of a patient’s immune system in order to seek and destroy cancer cells, limiting the need for toxic treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.