U.S. Sen. Harry Reid wanted his call to outlaw legal brothels from Nevada’s rural landscape to prompt an "adult conversation" among lawmakers about the state’s notorious sex trade.
But what the Nevada Democrat got was an outcry of opposition from brothel owners and prostitutes looking to protect their livelihood and tepid responses from the legislators he asked to do the legal dirty work of running bordellos out of the state.
The gallery in the Assembly chambers went silent Tuesday when Reid paused for applause after he told lawmakers from both houses that "the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution."
Lawmakers from both major parties shied away from his suggestion that they could improve Nevada’s beleaguered economy by driving brothels out of the state and inviting other businesses in.
"Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment, not as the last place where prostitution is still legal," said the Senate majority leader and Nevada’s most powerful politician.
Afterward, Democratic leaders of both houses said brothels aren’t on the top of their lists of legislative priorities. Rural Republicans dismissed the remarks altogether.
Labor stands together
Proposals to dilute collective bargaining laws and cut state workers’ wages by 5 percent spurred protests in Las Vegas and Carson City, with labor advocates decrying what they called harsh attacks on unions and an attempt to balance budgets "on the backs of workers."
In Las Vegas, roughly 500 people rallied at the Sawyer Building against a growing legislative effort to weaken labor laws for public employees.
Hooker ad ban stands
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the legal prostitution industry by refusing to hear an appeal from Nevada brothel owners.
By declining to hear the case, the high court allowed to stand a Nevada law that bans brothels from advertising in newspapers in counties where prostitution is illegal, including Clark County.
Campus could close
College of Southern Nevada President Michael Richard said the school might have to close one of its three campuses because of budget cuts. Under Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget, CSN would lose $26 million.
Closing a campus and most or all of nine satellite centers would mean turning away 13,000 students, Richard said.
Probation for ‘Pacman’
Pro football player Adam "Pacman" Jones was sentenced to a year of probation for his role in a February 2007 strip club melee that ended with three people being shot.
Jones pleaded no contest in December 2007 to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after agreeing to testify against the shooter. The shooting during NBA All-Star Weekend left one bouncer paralyzed.
Bumbling trio robs rio
Las Vegas police announced the arrests of two of three men in a $33,200 casino chip robbery at the Rio a day earlier.
Wearing a fake mustache and fedora, one of the men walked into the casino early that morning and grabbed the chips from a pai gow poker table at gunpoint. The gunman made his getaway in a taxi, which was driven by a cabby involved in the plot, police said.
Detectives tracked the cab to the driver and soon unraveled the heist thanks to the bumbling trio’s trail of clues.Week In Review
Suspension for Las Vegas police officer Bryan Yant for policy violations surrounding the shooting of an unarmed man. The punishment is the worst short of firing.
Growth of Nevada’s population from 2000 to 2010, keeping it atop the list of fastest-growing states in the United States.
Growth of Nevada’s Hispanic population from 2000 to 2010, making one in four state residents a member of the minority group.
Projected release date for former county commissioner Lance Malone, serving a six-year federal sentence for helping a strip club owner bribe other commissioners.
"Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment, not as the last place where prostitution is still legal."
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid
Urging state lawmakers to shut down Nevada’s legal brothel industry.
"It is a good-paying job. I like what I do. I am a third-generation legal prostitute."
A 20-year-old who works in one of Nevada’s licensed brothels. She called the Senate Majority Leader a hypocrite for encouraging the elimination of existing jobs under the guise of luring new jobs to the state.
"You can give us more money."
Clark county school district official, responding to state lawmakers asking why schools can’t add classes for lagging students.
"If I could ever take back anything that I’ve ever done, this is it."
U.S. Sen. John Ensign
expressing regret about his extramarital affair during a meeting with Sun City senior citizens.
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