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Kansas Senate set to consider strict new regulations for adult-oriented businesses

The Community Defense Act will be voted on Wednesday and seeks to add more regulations to sexually-oriented businesses. The bill would target businesses such as Lawrence's strip clubs and owners and club employees feel the bill would severely hinder business.

April 27, 2010


— The owner of three Topeka adult entertainment businesses says if the Kansas Legislature approves a bill restricting strip clubs and other similar establishments, he would likely go out of business.

The measure would put new restrictions on the locations of adult businesses including adult video and related stores that sell adult sex products. It has already passed the House and is scheduled for debate Wednesday in the Senate.

John Samples, who owns Club Orleans, Baby Dolls and the VIP Lounge in Shawnee County, tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that the regulations would force him to close his businesses.

“They claim it’s not a killer bill, but it is,” Samples said. “That’s the whole point.”

The bill would prohibit strip clubs, adult stores and other sexually oriented businesses from locating within 1,000 feet of schools, libraries, public parks, licensed day-care centers and houses of worship.

Sexually oriented businesses would have to close from midnight to 6 a.m. Nudity would be outlawed, and dancers could be seminude but would have to remain at least 6 feet away from patrons.

Some critics of the bill said the measure would shut down such businesses and put at least 2,500 Kansans out of work.

The new regulations would take effect in any city or county where the businesses aren’t already regulated. Topeka and Shawnee County currently have no such restrictions.

Legislators said the bill is an effort to police communities by restricting these businesses which often attract crime, drugs and other illegal activities. A state law is being sought to help municipalities that lack the means to regulate the businesses through local ordinances.

“There are hundreds of cities and counties out there that have not passed regulations. They don’t have the number of lawyers it takes to get those put in,” said Sen. Tim Huelskamp, a Fowler Republican.

Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said the bill, though not prohibiting sexually oriented businesses, would help his staff secondary effects of prostitution, drug dealing, human trafficking, money laundering, extortion and, possibly, the influence of organized crime.

“The state regulates smoking,” Miller said. “The state regulates alcohol consumption and sales. The state regulates banks and financial institutions. But there is no regulation of sexually oriented businesses? Kansas law enforcement believes there should be.”

Samples argues no study has been conducted to validate the claims that adult businesses are ruining Kansas communities. He said the bill would likely face litigation challenging its constitutionality.

“The Legislature hasn’t done the due diligence,” he said. “Let’s take a legitimate look at this and react to the facts in Kansas.”


Stuart Evans 7 years ago

I'd rather see a bill that banned "houses of worship" from being within 1,000 feet of a school. I'd say that religion has given way to more violence, racism & hatred than any adult themed bookstore or club. What is this morality that fears the naked body or the pleasure we as humans instinctively long for?

"Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said the bill, though not prohibiting sexually oriented businesses, would help his staff secondary effects of prostitution, drug dealing, human trafficking, money laundering, extortion and, possibly, the influence of organized crime."

They'd have better luck stopping these issues by shutting down congress. Legalize prostitution and legalize drugs. You immediately remove the remainder of the criminal element.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

Your first paragraph is exactly what I wanted to say.

I was okay with the school part, especially younger children, but churches? Really? Separation of church and state fail.

Brandon Weber 7 years ago

Another step for Kansas attempting to recreate "Leave it Beaver". When will intelligent people get into office and start focusing on real issues. Banning K2 and strip clubs do nothing to help this state. Just another way to look busy at the state house while they all have have their heads up their blank.

Mike Hatch 7 years ago

Seminude? Does that mean a hat? Knee sox? G-string? Pasties? One or the other?

Kind of agree with the 6-foot rule, though.

tao7 7 years ago

Religion has killed, molested, maimed, hurt, more people than a strip club ever will. Just another backward, closed minded bill from Kansas lawmakers. The same people that visit strip clubs go to church too.

Tim Quest 7 years ago

It's always the same idiot hypocrites who want fascist laws like this who also advocate for smaller government.

somedude20 7 years ago

"Legislators said the bill is an effort to police communities by restricting these businesses which often attract crime, drugs and other illegal activities. A state law is being sought to help municipalities that lack the means to regulate the businesses through local ordinances."

Funny, they say porn attracts crime; I have heard about more politicians breaking the law than strip club owners. Maybe politics is the gateway to crime and therefore we should restrict them from being around our kids and churches. If they truely are worried about kids and nudity, most homes have cable (nudity/sex) and the internet (nudity/sex/weird spit) maybe that should be outlawed as well.

ronwell_dobbs 7 years ago

Probably on account of one or more of these teabagger legislators just can't stop thinkin' about the purdy ladies down at the club ('specially the one that told him that she loved him) and don't want to be tempted, since the old bag at home would get in quite a conniption if she caught him at the establishment again.

Stuart Evans 7 years ago

that's how the middle east got the burqa.

Ken Lewis 7 years ago

Yes, when the legislature cannot solve the real problems.....they feel the need to regulate our if they are sucessful in thier own lives. This bill is not necessary and does not stem from any recognizable problem with strip clubs. The hysteric over "rape, trafficking, murder" are all just that....the ravings of hysterics who will tell any lie to get thier bills passed.

JOCO had some trafficking case in 2007, but they had absolutely nothing to do with strip clubs.

Ken Lewis 7 years ago

And these are the same poeple who advocate "smaller govt".

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 years ago

Poor law. Government needs to stay out of trying to run everyone's life. There is a legitimate need for such businesses. I would rather a pervert go there and pay to see what he wants, than take it out on our citizens. Thank you, Lynn

werekoala 7 years ago

Yes, let's drive them underground, that will make things safer and cleaner for everyone involved....

Farking idiots, the lot of them. I'm sorry if it hurts your precious feelings to think about it, but sorry, lots of guys enjoy the company of nude women. And those nude women, in turn, enjoy the money of lots of guys. It's been that way for a long time, hasn't changed yet today, and tomorrow's not looking promising. Quit trying to use the law to force other people to live like you!

Fer chrissake, as many times as I hear right-wing farktards complaining about being oppressed by whoever Glen Beck told them was the boogeyman today, I'd really love to see just once, rabid atheist liberal socialist start proposing this kind of crap. take the ban on churches within 1000 feet of schools one step further: require them to stop calling it Sunday "school" and to offer free gay marriages. Publicly funded abortion on demand, and require all gynecologists to suggest it. 4/20 becomes a national, mandatory holiday!

I'd love to see the reactions to the right wing if the left should even come close to this bull crap.

Stuart Evans 7 years ago

I'd like to participate in the mandatory 4/20 holiday please...

werekoala 7 years ago

Sheesh... Why'd I know THAT would be the one to get the hits?

I love you, but in the words of the Great Jon Stewart, "You're not helping"

deskboy04 7 years ago

Maybe they ought to focus on the financial problems that the state is having.

emptymind 7 years ago

What a waste of time! Nobody is forced to go to a strip club

Joe Hyde 7 years ago

Ridiculous though this bill is, you have to admit that it's extremely "patrolman friendly". I mean, if you're a patrol officer and it's a Friday or Saturday night, which duty assignment would you rather pull:

A) Running lights and siren to dangerous domestic disturbance calls, or;

B) Sitting in the audience at a strip club holding a 6-foot long tape measure while watching hard-body babes take all their clothes off?

LeBo 7 years ago

Lesbians are out of control! God forbid interaction between men and women. But LGBT are perfectly fine. Homosexuals in the church, but no strip clubs in town. Wow!

Also, the Topeka Police Chief is the worst possible source for this story. He should focus on not wasting the citizens money on helicopters and decals. Futhermore, the ethics of his police officers are more questionable than the hookers and drug dealers.

Stuart Evans 7 years ago

so are you for or against lesbian strip clubs?

Shane Garrett 7 years ago

Actually this makes Government look small, really small! LOL. What a bunch of do-nothings.

LadyJ 7 years ago

Wonder if the Phelps group ever picketed a strip joint? Maybe there is an adult-oriented business near his church and this is his way of getting rid of it.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

Alcohol promotes how can you still have a bar within that many feet of a church?

werekoala 7 years ago

sheesh, between this, k2, evolution, and the general nuttery level, is anyone else starting to feel like they live in Occupied France?

gragas 5 years, 9 months ago

I cant wait to move the hell out of the Midwest. Looks like MO enabled a similar law around the same time as this dongle of legislation. Its great to know that people in government can say what we can and can not do with our bodies. I want to make a law that forces everybody to wear full clothing so that we can not see the entire body. I am also for the government policing my every move just so that I do not cuss or spit on the side walk or check out my neighbor's anatomy. Are we not human beings? You either have a penis or a vagina, why the up roar over natural body parts? Yeah but its ok to show all kinds of violence on the cable stations, thats much more acceptable than showing human anatomy or sexuality. GFYs

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