CARSON CITY (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.