Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 20–Senator Rhoads
(by request)

 

FILE NUMBER..........

 

Senate Concurrent RESOLUTION—Directing the Legislative Committee on Public Lands to conduct an interim study of the feasibility and desirability of changing the state boundary line along the border with Utah.

 

    Whereas, In a local referendum on November 5, 2002, the

 residents of the cities of West Wendover, Nevada, and Wendover,

 Utah, voted to approve a merger of the two cities; and

    Whereas, The annexation of Wendover, Utah, to the State of

 Nevada will result in a change in the boundary line between the two

 states; and

    Whereas, The consulting firm Applied Development

 Economics of Berkeley, California, recently conducted a limited

 study for the cities of West Wendover and Wendover, funded in

 part by the United States Department of Agriculture, that indicated

 a merger would provide benefits for both cities; and

    Whereas, A change in the boundary line between Nevada and

 Utah must be agreed upon by the two states in an interstate

 agreement or compact enacted by the Legislature of each state; and

    Whereas, There are several issues that must be examined and

 evaluated before the step of redrawing a long-standing state

 boundary can be taken; now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, the

 Assembly Concurring, That the Legislative Committee on

 Public Lands is hereby directed to conduct an interim study of the

 feasibility and desirability of a change in the boundary line between

 Nevada and Utah; and be it further

    Resolved, That the Legislative Commission shall appoint one

 additional member of the Senate and one additional member of the

 Assembly to assist in conducting the study; and be it further

    Resolved, That the study must include a review of the 2002

 Wendover Annexation Study conducted by Applied Development

 Economics of Berkeley, California; and be it further

    Resolved, That the study must include, without limitation, an

 examination and evaluation of the potential impact of such a merger

 upon the economic, educational, fiscal, professional and social

 health and well-being of the two communities; and be it further

    Resolved, That the Legislative Committee on Public Lands

 may appoint and consult with an advisory committee for the

 purposes of this study; and be it further


    Resolved, That the members of the advisory committee serve

without compensation and per diem allowances, travel expenses or

 other reimbursement; and be it further

    Resolved, That the members of the Legislative Committee on

 Public Lands are directed to meet, communicate and work

 cooperatively with members of the Utah State Legislature to

 achieve the goals set forth and, if appropriate, prepare a draft of

 language to be used in an interstate agreement or compact to

 change the boundary; and be it further

    Resolved, That on or before September 1, 2004, the

 Legislative Committee on Public Lands shall prepare and submit a

 report of its findings and any recommendations for legislation to the

 Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the

 Legislative Commission.

 

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