Topeka Legislation that would prohibit alcoholic beverages at establishments where there is nude dancing was heard Monday but probably won't be acted on this session.
State Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe and chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, said his committee had too many other bills to consider with only a couple of days left for committee work.
Siegfreid said he expected lawmakers will consider the proposal next year.
"If you come back next year, you are probably going to see something similar," he said.
State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, the bill's sponsor, appeared to be OK with that.
"I think this is an issue that folks are interested in," Kinzer said. "I think there is a good chance it will come back next year and we will continue to work on this issue."
House Bill 2835 would regulate sexually oriented businesses, such as adult book and film stores, and nude bars.
It would prohibit sexually oriented businesses from being open between midnight and 6 a.m. and ban serving alcoholic beverages. Nude or semi-nude dancers would have to remain at least six feet from patrons.
Also, sexually oriented businesses could not be opened any closer than 1,000 feet from a school, house of worship, public library, park, day care facility or other sexually oriented business.
Phillip Cosby, executive director of the Kansas City office of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, said the law was needed to protect communities from a sex industry that is well-funded and powerful.
He said the judicial system has given communities more weapons to fight sexually oriented businesses because of the "negative secondary effects" that the businesses bring. He said the effects included increased crime, sexually transmitted diseases, lower property values and general blight.
Ron Hein, representing the Motion Picture Association of America, said the group objected to a provision in the bill that included the MPAA's movie rating system. Incorporating the voluntary rating system into law could cause some filmmakers to stop using the rating system, he said.
Philip Bradley, with the Kansas Licensed Beverage Association, said establishments that serve alcoholic beverages and feature nude dancing already are highly regulated through their liquor licenses and local ordinances.
"This is a complex issue," he said.