CARSON CITY, Nev. -- With the signing of a "wide open" gambling bill and a six-weeks divorce law by Gov. F.B. Balzar, the Nevada state legislature today neared completion of a session that probably will go down in American law-making history as one of the most amazing in two decades.
The cowpunchers, miners, ranchers, divorce lawyers, businessmen and a scattering of professional men who comprise the legislature established a new record for liberality that, in many respects, never has been equalled by any other state legislature.
The lawmakers did their share towards maintaining Nevada's unofficial nickname, "the last frontier state of the nation."
Outstanding among the liberalizing measures were the gambling and divorce bills, made laws yesterday by Gov. Balzar. Although gambling has been a felony in Nevada since 1910, the "unwritten code" of the state has been to permit gambling in all forms but to keep out "fly-by-night" operators.
But gambling was, nevertheless, an uncertain investment in the past due to the possibility of "grudge closin" or the election of new officials who concluded it their duty to close all gambling in accordance with the law.
But the new gambling bill fixed all that and the lid is now off, the sky is the limit, and investors can feel safe to place their money in high-class gambling casinos. There may be keen rivalry between Reno and Las Vegas for the title, "Monte Carlo of America."