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Sb 630-fact-sheet (1)

  1. 1. FACT SHEET: SB 630 AUTHORS: SENATOR FRAN PAVLEY AND DARRELL STEINBERG TAHOE COMPACT RESTORATION ACT OF 2013 FEBRUARY 12, 2013​THE P ROBLEMCalifornia needs a contingency plan if Nevada adheres to its 2011 state law and withdraws fromthe bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Compact which would also effectively dissolve the TahoeRegional Planning Agency (TRPA). California needs such a contingency plan in 2013 becauseNevada’s legislature does not meet in 2014 and its state law imposes a deadline of 2015. Nevada’sLegislature adjourns in June, 2015.The best contingency plan would be to re-establish the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agencywhich existed for many years and which handled the many planning and land use issues importantto California in the Tahoe Basin before the Compact. The Nevada Tahoe Regional PlanningAgency continues to exist in Nevada law although it has not been active since the Compact wasapproved.What Nevada Demands. The Nevada legislation demanded that the voting structure of TRPA bechanged to accommodate more development in the Tahoe Basin and that an updated regional planbe adopted. An updated regional plan was adopted in December, 2012. The new regional plan wassuccessfully developed through a formal bi-state consultation process.The changes in the voting structure would weaken conservation protections in the Tahoe Basin andin any event would require Congressional action to amend the Compact. Such measures are notpossible through action of state legislatures.BACKGROUNDUntil the Compact was established, the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency fulfilled theplanning, conservation, and water quality protections in the Tahoe Basin that were important toCalifornia. It was governed by a blend of local and state appointees, including public members.That approach would be continued under SB 630.JOINT-AUTHORSSenator Darrell SteinbergTHE SOLUTIONTo be clear, it is the preference of the authors, the administration, and key congressional leaders
  2. 2. such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, that the Compact continue in existence along with TRPA. Tothat end, SB 630 specifies that it will not take effect if in 2013 Nevada repeals its bill to withdrawfrom the Compact.To provide for continuity of governance, SB 630 provides that the most regional plan update willremain in effect with specified exceptions if the CTRPA needs to be re-established.Senator Fran Pavley ​Fact Sheet Page Contact: Bill Craven at (916) 651-4116

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