Bi-state cooperation, SB271, SB229 and SB630
The League’s number one priority in 2013 is to ensure that Nevada and California continue to work together. A Nevada law, SB271, which was passed in 2011, threatened to withdraw the state from the Compact. In May 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and California Governor Jerry Brown announced a deal to end the stalemate and ensure the states continue to work together. The League supports this compromise because it protects strong and uniform environment regulation of the region.Preserving the Tahoe Compact is the best way to protect Lake Tahoe. It provides the most certainty for Tahoe’s communities and will speed the implementation of environmental improvements included in the new regional plan.
SB229In 2013, several Nevada senators introduced SB229, a bill to repeal SB271.
Also in 2013, California senators introduced SB630, which provided a backup plan in case the provisions of SB271 took place and the Compact dissolved. The bill would create a California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to oversee land use at Lake Tahoe.
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