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Tahoe Bills Address California-Nevada Relationship

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Three bills that would bring changes at Lake Tahoe have passed their initial deadlines and will move to the full Nevada Legislature.

The bills are related to Nevada and California's relationship at the lake. One bill withdraws a previous Nevada law to dissolve the California-Nevada compact to manage Lake Tahoe development. The senate narrowly approved that bill on Monday on an 11-10 vote. Jeff Cowen of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency explains what's at risk.

COWEN: "There has been a lot of collaboration about environmental restoration and aquatic invasive species protection."

Now that bill goes to the assembly. Another controversial bill would give public access to private beaches in Nevada, much like California already does.

COWEN: "It would bring both sides of the lake a lot closer to conformity in regards to public access along the shoreline."

That bill now goes to the full legislature. A third bill has already passed the assembly. It would allow boaters who pay California's invasive species fees to use the Nevada side of the lake without paying the fees a second time.

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