Senator Gaines' Tahoe-Related Bills Successfully Move Through Legislature

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced legislative success on two of his Tahoe-related bills. Senate Bill 231, which gives Tahoe transportation projects access to new funding sources, was signed by the Governor. Senate Bill 605, which establishes a good neighbor tuition policy with students in Nevada, passed out of the Assembly and is on its way to the Governor.

“It is critical that we meet the transportation and educational needs of both visitors and residents in this most picturesque part of our state,” said Senator Gaines. “Both of these bills have an important impact on the Tahoe Basin community and regional economy and I’m pleased that my legislative colleagues and the Governor have agreed.”

Senate Bill 231 would allow the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) to pursue waterborne transit project funding (e.g., ferries) under the Low Carbon and Transit Operations and the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities programs.

Senate Bill 605 allows students who are residents of the State of Nevada, but who live in communities adjacent to Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC), to pay a special tuition rate and for LTCC to receive apportionment funding for those students. SB 605 only becomes operative if the state of Nevada enacts a reciprocal agreement, as determined by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

For many students, crossing the state line to attend Lake Tahoe Community College is the most efficient means of reaching their educational goals, but is currently cost prohibitive even though they may live closer to the school than residents on the California side and are part of the same regional economy. This bill will help manage those costs for students, strengthen LTCC and contribute to a healthier regional economy.