CA Tahoe bill goes to Gov. Brown for approval

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CA Tahoe bill goes to Gov. Brown for approval

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The California Senate is sending Governor Jerry Brown a bill that would preserve the Bi-Sate compact between California and Nevada, which governs the environment in and around Lake Tahoe.

The California Senate is sending Governor Jerry Brown a bill that would preserve the Bi-Sate Compact between California and Nevada, which governs the environment in and around Lake Tahoe.

Senate Bill 630 ratifies a revised compact and duplicates a bill already signed into law this year by Governor Brian Sandoval.

Nevada had threatened to withdraw from the compact in 2010 in a dispute over how the states decide on conservation protection. The bill requires the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) to take into consideration the economic impacts of proposed projects alongside their environmental impact. In return, Nevada remains part of the compact.

But local conservation groups like the Sierra Club say the bill rewrites the compact to prioritize economics over the health of the lake. In a recent op-ed, several groups argue the new language about economics significantly modifies the regional planning document, while TRPA says this language simply clarifies existing policy.

Last month, Jerry Brown indicated these concerns would likely not stop him

"What else is new? Have you ever seen a bill of any note that didn't have opposition. When it gets to my desk, I'll take a good look at it and confer with the Governor of Nevada to see what he thinks."

California Senators approved the bill earlier this week 37-0.