LAS VEGAS -- Consider it a time capsule of what was and was not politically correct in Nevada this year -- a document that might be unearthed by future inhabitants as a clue to what this often-outlandish desert culture was thinking, or not, in the year 2013.
This is the legislation that didn’t make it -- the dead bills.
The legislative corpses include efforts to legalize marijuana, make motorcyclists wear helmets, tax junk food, outlaw new ownership of dangerous pets and, yes, even choose a state dog.
“In 20,000 years when people from the planet Zork arrive here and go into our archives, they’re going to look at this list and say one of two things,” said Michael Green, a historian at the College of Southern Nevada.
“They’re either going to say, 'These people were nuts' or 'No wonder they’re not still here.’
Nevada's legislative session began Feb. 4 and ended this month. Sifting through the bills' graveyard, Green said, some things surprised him; others didn’t.