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Federal government won’t take Lake Tahoe money

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS ” The recommendations for Lake Tahoe revealed by Sen. John Ensign Wednesday have a greater chance of becoming a reality after congressional negotiators killed a proposal to funnel millions of dollars in profits from federal land sales in Clark County into the federal treasury, an aide to Sen. Harry Reid said.

The land sales that have netted the state more than $2 billion for parks and land protection went unchallenged in a final bill that sets spending and policy for the Interior Department in fiscal 2006, Reid spokeswoman Tessa Hafen told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Wednesday report.

Reid took part in negotiations that resulted in a $26 billion Interior spending bill that is expected to be passed by the House and Senate and go to President Bush for his signature this week.

The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998 directs that profits from the sale of federal lands in Clark County go to a state education fund, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Lake Tahoe preservation and the Bureau of Land Management for parks and the acquisition of environmentally sensitive land in Nevada.

The White House wanted to use about $700 million from the program to reduce the federal deficit, while House Appropriations Committee members considered using the money for other programs.