Calif. senator calls Nev. Tahoe law inflammatory |

Calif. senator calls Nev. Tahoe law inflammatory

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – A leader in the California Senate has some strong words for Nevada over its threats to withdraw from the decades-old Lake Tahoe Compact.

Sen. Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat from Sacramento, calls Nevada’s move to possibly leave the bistate Tahoe Regional Planning Agency “inflammatory” and “provocative.”

Nevada lawmakers complain that votes needed on the 14-member governing board to approve regulations and projects within the Tahoe basin are stymied by a pro-environmental bias from California.

Among other things, SB271 passed last year calls for Nevada’s withdrawal from the agency by 2015 unless the voting scheme is changed.

In a letter Wednesday to Nevada lawmakers, Steinberg says Lake Tahoe shouldn’t become a “political hostage” to special interest groups.

Both states have named delegations to meet and discuss the issues.