Nutters opposed to strip clubs, adult stores and other sexually oriented businesses in Kansas are starting another push for more state restrictions.
A Kansas House committee opened hearings on legislation to keep new sexually oriented businesses at least 1,000 feet away from any similar business or from a school, library, day care center or house of worship.
Supporters claim that such businesses lower property values and cause problems such as crime, especially if they're clustered together.
The House passed a similar bill last year, but it died in the Senate on a 20-20 vote.
A federal appeals panel has ruled that Maryland can't ban the mix of alcohol and adult entertainment, as well as certain simulated sexual acts.
The decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a federal judge's injunction against unconstitutionally overbroad strip club regulations there.
We conclude that the statute --- which limits the range of permissible conduct, attire, and entertainment at establishments licensed to serve alcoholic beverages --- prohibits a broad swath of expression protected by the 1st Amendment and is not
susceptible to a limiting construction, 4th Circuit Judge James Wynn wrote for the court. Accordingly, we affirm the permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of the statute.
Maryland amended its laws to outlaw nude servers and hostesses, sexual attire simulating erogenous areas and sexual touching in venues licensed to serve alcohol. The new regulations were supposed to take effect in October 2005. Further, nude entertainers
would also be prohibited under the law from being within six feet of customers.
The Kansas House has approved the miserable Community Defense Act , which seeks to repress sexually-oriented businesses in the state.
Representatives had to decide whether their moral beliefs took precedence over their beliefs about government regulation of businesses.
The House chose morality.
But some argue that there's more to this bill than morality. Several representatives cite their supposed concerns over secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses, like never seen increased crime rates and decreased property values.
State Rep. John Rubin spouted the shameful bollox: It is not an attempt to legislate morality or regulate sin.... RATHER ... this bill was carefully crafted for proper public policy purposes: to protect the health, safety and welfare of our
citizens without unconstitutionally or unduly infringing any personal liberties or property rights.
The bill would require businesses like strip clubs, sex shops and adult video stores to remain closed between midnight and 6:00 AM. Semi-nude dancers would have to stay six feet away from their customers. That means no more legal lap dances in the state
of Kansas. New sexually-oriented businesses would not be able to open within 1,000 feet of a similar business, school, day care center, place of worship, or library. The bill would also establish minimum lighting conditions and would ban private rooms
The bill approved by the Kansas House to restrict strip clubs, adult video stores and other sexually oriented businesses might not get a vote this year in the Senate, where members haven't paid much attention to the issue and some are unenthusiastic
about the idea.
The House vote was 91-28 on the proposed Community Defense Act, which supporters claim will protect communities from blight, increased crime and other problems they link to adult businesses.
Senators have speculated that a vote in their chamber on the legislation could be close, but they also said they haven't studied this year's legislation in detail. Their leaders wouldn't commit to having a committee hearing on the measure this year and
acknowledged that the bill isn't as pressing a priority for them as it was for House members.
With the end of the 2011 legislative session nearing, socially conservative members of the Kansas legislature turned down a
last chance to keep a bill alive that would have imposed severe restrictions on adult entertainment business in the state. The vote, which took place on the Senate, failed to garner the 24 votes necessary to approve a motion by Sen. Steve Abrams
that would have pulled the bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor for a vote.
Without a word of debate, reported the Tokepa Capital-Journal, the chamber voted 17-22 to reject Abrams' motion.
According to the Capital-Journal, Abrams, who could have probably seen a compromise bill passed by both chambers, said the state had an obligation to bring order to sexually oriented businesses that damage communities with inspiring criminal
behavior and creating other negative secondary effects.
Nine months after Missouri implemented further restrictions on the state's adult businesses, at least two local strip clubs are
continuing pretty much as before relying on the authorities' lax enforcement of their X-rated entertainment.
Kansas City Star reporters recently observed more than a dozen female dancers at Bazooka's and Temptations whose entire breasts were visible. Although state law allows such semi-nude exposure, clubs that regularly offer it must close
at midnight. Both downtown clubs, however, remained open and admitted customers well past that closing deadline.
Some dancers also appeared on stages less than six feet from patrons, another violation of the statute. Reporters saw chairs lining the elevated stages in both clubs, placing some customers only inches from performers.
But Dick Bryant, a lawyer for Kansas City's adult entertainment industry, said the clubs are following the law, in part because he claimed the dancers only appear to be topless. The exposed breasts, he said, are actually covered by a thin layer of
opaque latex. Once they're covered, none of the rest of the law applies, Bryant argued.
He also said clubs are observing other parts of the new law, including rules that prohibit full nudity and semi-nude dancers from touching customers. The Star found those regulations, as well as those involving the sale of alcohol, were being
After a state court judge refused to delay implementation of the new rules, a coalition of strip club owners sought a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that its provisions are unconstitutional. A decision is expected later this year.
The only proof necessary to realize that the intention of Missouri's new strip club law is to drive all clubs out of the state is the fact that it was drafted with the help of the Missouri/Kansas faction of the American Family Association.
A perfect illustration of the insidious and anti-American influence of this and other like-minded groups is the success they have had getting supposedly lethal laws like the strip club ordinances either passed or in motion in states like Missouri,
Ohio and Kansas, as well as in counties and cities throughout the nation. These ordinances are generally similar, imposing restrictions on hours of operation, dress codes, and the amount of physical contact allowed between dancers and customers,
if any, especially if alcohol is served.
But the Kansas City Star has reported that one club in the state, Bazooka's, is testing the limitations of the law in a very creative way, and thus far is not only getting away with it, but is creating very happy customers as a result.
Bazooka's, an adult entertainment venue in downtown Kansas City, now offers videos of its nude and seminude dancers on large, flat-screen televisions adjacent to the stage, the paper reported. While a dancer performs live with her intimate areas
covered, as the law requires, a video of the same dancer---with those areas exposed---appears on the screens.
According to the club's owner, Dick Snow, the idea behind the videos is to meet the language of the law while still allowing the club to stay open after midnight, while also giving his clientele what they came for.
A spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department said the department had received no complaints about Bazooka's videos and said it did not appear that the establishment was violating any local or state laws, reported the Star.
A Kansas morality bill that would establish repressive new zoning rules where strip clubs and DVD and sex toy and novelty stores could be located is
being debated. Senate Bill 147 would initiate statewide zoning limiting where sexually oriented video stores, sexual device stores, adult arcades and strip clubs could be located.
Some of the main restrictions would forbid new sex toys and novelty stores and strip clubs from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares, churches or libraries and prohibit the sale of alcohol.
The stores and clubs would be mandated to close at midnight with the bill, and operators would be forced to go through background checks to see if they have been convicted of certain criminal activities that are specified in the bill.
Editors as the Topeka Capital-Journal, however, are staunchly against the new bill saying:
The businesses serve a population, employ people and pay taxes. If there were no demand for them they would go out of business. Legislators have better things to do than pander to people who want their own moral outrage placed in the statute books.