Douglas County favors TRPA termination

By From page A1 | May 31, 2011

MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to support a Senate bill to withdraw Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. 

The board supported the bill in April, but met in a special meeting Friday to add its endorsement to an amendment.

“There was an additional minor amendment to allow the federal government more time to pass and agree to the amendments,” said Commissioner Nancy McDermid, the county’s representative to the TRPA.

The bill, co-sponsored by Douglas County legislators Sen. James Settelmeyer and Assemblyman Kelly Kite, passed the Nevada Senate 19-2 on Friday and is headed for the House floor next week.

Commissioner Greg Lynn said Carson City supervisors voted 3-1 Friday to support the bill.

Sen. John Lee’s bill to pull Nevada out of the TRPA went to the Senate floor Wednesday for an amendment Lee said would give it enough support to pass.

Instead of pulling Nevada out of the compact, the amended Senate Bill 271 would call for changes in how the bistate agency operates, threatening withdrawal only if those changes don’t happen.

The biggest change is the elimination of the super majority voting rule which requires a majority of members of each state to support any decision before it passes.

“It needs to be changed to a simple majority,” McDermid said. “I certainly believe it (the bill) is an agent for change. The TRPA can’t go on as it has been.”

She said the appointment by California Gov. Jerry Brown of Clement Shute to the TRPA changed the voting structure.

Shute formerly represented the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

“I have confidence in our assemblyman and senator that they understand the issue. I think Nevada needs to be a little more in control of its own destiny,” said Commissioner Michael Olson.

Tahoe Tribune

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