Governor signs compact bill reaffirming California side of Lake Tahoe |

Governor signs compact bill reaffirming California side of Lake Tahoe

Staff report

A bill that reaffirms California’s side of the Lake Tahoe Bi-State Compact was signed Oct. 11, two days before the state’s annual legislative deadline.

Senate Bill 630 is California’s response to Nevada’s request for a new Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Regional Plan, according to the California bill analysis. As Nevada threatened to pull out of the compact in 2011, the TRPA adopted a new Regional Plan in 2012. Nevada then passed S.B. 229 to repeal the threat.

Two things the bill mandates are that a litigator who challenges the TRPA Regional Plan or an action of the agency “has the burden of proof,” the analysis states, and that TRPA the Regional Plan considers economic issues in the Lake Tahoe basin.

In doing so, the bill requires TRPA to create an account “funded by rental income,” the analysis states, which is to pay for environmental improvements around Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Area Sierra Club opposed the bill, the analysis states, during legislative procedure, claiming the Regional Plan does not consider enough environmental impacts. “With Governor Brown’s signature of SB 630, he and the California Legislature have officially endorsed a Regional Plan that upends over three decades of carefully restrained growth rates and strong environmental protections for Lake Tahoe,” according to a news release published by the club, the release stated.

The Sierra Club has a pending federal lawsuit against the TRPA’s Regional Plan.

According to federal court documents, the first motion for summary judgment is due Friday. A hearing has been scheduled for March 5.

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