Bill to withdraw from TRPA final hearing is today
June 2, 2011
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Both proponents and opponents of a bill that could pull Nevada out of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency compact got a talking to from the head of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee Wednesday.
Supporters of Senate Bill 271 argued they don’t really want to withdraw but that the legislation is needed to get California’s attention so that the state will make changes in how it deals with development proposals.
Secretary of State Ross Miller argued it takes forever to get anything done under the current system.
“Things move so slowly it’s almost like watching a soap opera,” he said. “You can miss a couple of meetings and nothing’s changed.”
Kyle Davis of the Nevada Conservation League said threatening goes too far.
“If we’re not going to withdraw from the compact, then let’s take the threat off the table,” he said.
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“I think it sends an even bigger message to California that we can’t agree on anything,” said Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick D-Las Vegas. Kirkpatrick said the whole thing was frustrating. “We’re fighting amongst ourselves and that just gives them leverage. We look stupid when we fight among ourselves.”
The bill would pull Nevada out of the bistate agency in six years if California and the Congress refuse to eliminate the rule requiring a majority of each state’s members to approve anything and require the TRPA to consider economic conditions when creating its masterplan.
Miller suggested an amendment that would require nine of 14 members to make administrative decisions and a majority vote of the state where a project is located to approve the project.
Kirkpatrick heard more than two hours of testimony on the bill Wednesday – much of it from the same people who testified during the Senate hearing.
She said she would take it up again this morning and asked both sides to see if there is “a different hammer so that California knows we’re serious.”
She also said today’s testimony will focus on the mechanics of the bill. The hearing is set to start at 9 a.m.
“I’m not going to ram and jam something,” Kirkpatrick said.