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brownsandoval.jpgGov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday ratifying an agreement with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on the governance of the basin surrounding Lake Tahoe.

In the agreement, reached earlier this year, California and Nevada will continue the two-state partnership known as the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, after Nevada passed a law in 2011 in which it would have withdrawn from the compact unless California made concessions to allow more development.

The Sierra Club and other environmentalists have filed a lawsuit in federal court, fearing the agreement will lead to more development in the region.

In announcing his enactment of Senate Bill 630, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, Brown said in a prepared statement, "Today, California reaffirmed its longstanding partnership with the state of Nevada to protect and enhance the beauty of Lake Tahoe."

PHOTO CREDIT: California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, speaks with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval at the Lake Tahoe Summit in Incline Village, Nev., on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders



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