To Mark Manendo, the ground cover that surrounds his father’s gravestone is fraught with meaning.

“Natural grass is a lot nicer than everything else,” said the assemblyman, who with Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, has introduced Assembly Bill 3 to require that the state maintain real grass around gravestones at veteran’s cemeteries. The bill would leave no option for desert landscaping or artificial turf.

“Veterans deserve to have natural green grass,” the Las Vegas Democrat said. “To me this is really a no-brainer.”

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