October 20, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's threat to leave a decades-old compact regulating development and environmental protections at Lake Tahoe has lost some bluster.
The Senate Committee on Natural Resources in a 3-2 party-line vote approved a bill Thursday repealing SB271 of the 2011 session. That law paved the way for Nevada to exit the bi-state agreement unless it could come to terms with its counterparts in California over development and updating a regional plan for the scene basin.
Conservationists say a new plan giving more development control to local governments was approved last fall and Nevada should re-commit to protecting Tahoe's clarity.
Republicans and Gov. Brian Sandoval argue Nevada needs to keep the pressure up and its option open on regulating Tahoe.
The bill now goes the Senate floor.