Las Vegas Sun

October 30, 2014

Currently: 70° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Democratic leaders give thumbs down to legalizing prostitution in Clark County

Image

Brothel lobbyist George Flint testifies in committee on April 6, 2011, at the Legislature in Carson City.

Veteran brothels lobbyist George Flint may have wanted his final coup de grace to be the legalization of prostitution in Clark County, but he won't have the Legislature's two most powerful lawmakers on his side.

Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, said she would like to see the details of any proposal to legalize prostitution in Nevada's largest county. But when pressed, she admitted she ultimately wouldn't support it. Her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, had a similar sentiment.

"I doubt that's something I would support," he said.

Flint, who has lobbied for Nevada's legal brothel industry for 28 years, told the Sun last year that he will likely retire after this session. But he'll make one final push to make brothel's legal in Clark County. Now, brothels are legal only in counties with a population of less than 700,000.

“I’m dedicated to doing it in my lifetime,” Flint told the Sun. “I feel the lack of legalization and regulation in Clark County creates a huge amount of crime that needs to be addressed.”

Flint has estimated, it could bring in $300 million to $400 million in taxes for the county, city or state, every two years.

Even if Flint falls short in his quest, he may succeed in convincing lawmakers to include prostitution in the live entertainment tax or a services tax that may come under consideration. Kirkpatrick said she was open to considering that possibility.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 1 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. Politicians hate competition.