Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) announced that he has moved the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act forward and that the legislation has been scheduled for a subcommittee hearing on April 18th, 2013.
"The Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act is a commonsense jobs bill that will bring desperately needed work to a county still seriously suffering from the lingering effects of recession," Horsford said. "All the stakeholders in this project have cooperated and bridged the bipartisan divide, and that is paying dividends in terms of progress. With the support of Representative Amodei, I will continue to push the pace to pass this job-creating bill, and I look forward to making the case for the importance of creating jobs in Nevada at the initial hearing on April 18th."
The legislation will allow the City of Yerington to partner with Nevada Copper to develop roughly 12,500 acres of land surrounding the Pumpkin Hollow project site, which is already creating jobs in Nevada. The Pumpkin Hollow project is estimated to create 800 mining jobs and 500 construction jobs. The land conveyed by this bill will also be used for industrial, recreation, and infrastructure purposes that will create desperately needed jobs and economic development for Yerington. The bill also designates 48,000 acres of wilderness area, known as the Wovoka Wilderness, while protecting the rights and interests of ranchers and miners who earn their living on the land in the area.
The legislation has been scheduled for a hearing before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, a committee on which Representative Horsford serves.