Santa Fe, New Mexico (AP) - A proposal to create a No Child Left Inside Fund with a one percent tax on TVs, video games and video game equipment has failed in the state Legislature.
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.
Supporters of the tax said outdoor programs have been shown to improve students' abilities in the classroom, boost their self-confidence and teach them stewardship and discipline.
Critics complained they shouldn't have to foot the bill for parents who don't know how to raise their children.
[ Pictured: Rep. Gail Chasey (D), who proposed HB583 that would have levied a 1% surcharge on video games and TV sets. ]