Sacramento — The California State Assembly offered tremendous bipartisan support in favor of Assembly Bill 84, which proposes to create a new Sierra Nevada License Plate whose proceeds will fund land and water restoration efforts in the Sierra Nevada.
On a surprisingly bipartisan vote of 73 – 4, the Assembly endorsed the legislation that when implemented could create up to $2 million in annual revenues for the newly created Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Assembly Bill 84 now moves to the State Senate.
Assembly Bill 84 continues the bipartisan approach to resource issues in the Sierra Nevada that lead to successful legislation creating a Sierra Nevada Conservancy in 2004. Assemblymembers Tim Leslie (R-Tahoe City) and John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) las year forged compromise legislation in the form of Assembly Bill 2600, signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the banks of the Bear River in September.
Leslie and Laird are the co-authors of this year's Sierra Nevada License Plate bill as well.
The Sierra Fund — legislative sponsors of both AB 2600 and AB 84 — have teamed up with hundreds of agencies, corporations and non profit organizations to pre-register more than 7,500 Californians who commit to the $50 cost of changing to the new Sierra Nevada License Plate next year. After the first year, annual re-registration costs fall to $40.
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For more information, please call The Sierra Fund at 530.265.8454 extension 10.