Sierra license plate up for vote |

Sierra license plate up for vote

A California license plate devoted to the Sierra Nevada could soon get legislative approval to help finance the new Sierra Conservancy.

State Assemblyman Tim Leslie’s bill, AB 84, would establish the special license plate. It would initially cost $50, added on to normal fees and costs, and then $40 per year to renew.

The bill was passed 12-1 in the Assembly Transportation Committee earlier in the week and awaits an April 25 hearing in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources.

Leslie, R-Tahoe City, was responsible for establishing the conservancy with Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, last year. It was signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger on the banks of the Bear River near Colfax last fall.

The conservancy will vie for state, federal and private funds for conservation projects in the Sierra and watershed-saving efforts. The full conservancy board has yet to be picked, and Nevada City is actively seeking to be the organization’s headquarters.

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