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Wendover unification’s next step: lobby effort

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WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — The next step toward a possible unification of this border city with Wendover, Utah, may come down to an amendment of proposed federal legislation.

The two city councils voted in separate meetings Thursday to send a West Wendover lobbyist, a Washington, D.C., attorney, on a quest to first determine if an amendment to HR2054 is possible. If it is, he'll draft the amendment, which will then need approval from both councils. If they sign off on the document, it will be submitted to Congress.

The amendment would put the decision to pursue annexing Utah land into Nevada in the hands of local residents on both sides. Currently, the legislation proposed by Reps. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, and Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., allows the state and federal governments to have the final say on annexation.