The Democratic Senate majority leader's comments before a joint session of the Legislature came as owners, lobbyists and working girls for
Reid, who won re-election to a fifth term in November, focused his speech on the job creation efforts in a state hard hit by the Great Recession.
"We've recovered in the past and we'll recover in the future," he said. "We've met crisis before and we've prevailed. Winning is what we do. Winning is what we have to do."
But for attracting businesses, Reid said "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."
"So let's have an adult conversation about an adult subject," he said.
When the nation thinks about
He remark was met with silence in the packed Assembly chambers.
Reid also defended federal stimulus programs, saying they were necessary to save the nation's economy from the brink.
"I'm not saying the law was perfect. But I am saying it was necessary, and it's working. It saved
He received applause when he said he would work to reform education and pledged to do "everything I can to help ease the burden on state and local school districts."
Reid also touted renewable energy, saying "the future of our economy depends on it and so does the future of our environment and our national security."
Tourism, he said, will always be