Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the state's lawmakers this week the time has come to outlaw prostitution in Nevada.
"Parents don't want their children to look out of a school bus and see a brothel, or live in a state with the wrong kind of red lights," he said in comments before a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday.
Nevada is the only state in America where the sale of sex is legal. Prostitution is allowed in counties with less than 400,000 residents. There are currently 10 rural Nevada counties that have brothels.
Reid said that the ending of prostitution will bring more businesses to the Silver State.
"Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment, not the last place where prostitution is still legal," the majority leader said.
"If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come to end prostitution," he added.
So far, Reid's proposal has been met with a less than cordial response.
"I think everybody is just kind of laughing up their sleeve about it," Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea, a Republican from rural Eureka, told Politico. "I can promise you there's not any kind of a movement to bring a bill forward."
One brothel proprietor warned, "Harry Reid will have to pry the cathouse keys from my cold, dead hands."