New Mexico's much-discussed No Child Left Inside Act has been left out in the cold by state legislators.
More properly known as HB583, the bill proposed by Rep. Gail Chasey (left) would have levied a 1% surcharge on video games and TV sets. The measure enjoyed the support of environmental group the Sierra Club.
But the Associated Press is now reporting that HB583 has failed to clear the New Mexico Legislature's House Business & Industry Committee. From the AP:
The measure had been backed by a broad coalition of groups, led by the Sierra Club. The fund would have helped pay for outdoor education throughout the state. The tax would have been the first of its kind in the nation...
Critics complained they shouldn’t have to foot the bill for parents who don’t know how to raise their children.