Archive for Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Adult business bill stalls in Kansas Senate

Republicans, Democrats evenly divided on issue

A bill aimed at regulating sexually oriented shops stalled out in the state Senate Wednesday. Supporters of the bill say the fight is far from over.

April 28, 2010


— A bill that would place tougher regulations on adult entertainment businesses stalled Wednesday in the Kansas Senate after a tie vote.

Now, the measure stays in negotiation between the Senate and House.

Legislative rules allow for any member to make a motion to pull a bill that’s in negotiation out of that process and force a vote to agree on its current form. It requires 21 out of 40 votes, a simple majority, to pass and go to the governor.

The bill calling for adult entertainment regulations 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 churches. The adult businesses would have to close from midnight to 6 a.m.

Nudity would be outlawed. Dancers could be seminude but would have to remain at least 6 feet away from patrons.

Supporters said the measure was needed to improve the quality of life in Kansas communities and give law enforcement another tool to fight crime and other activities.

“I think this is commonsense regulation of an industry that is unacceptable in the state,” said Sen. Tim Huelskamp, a Fowler Republican who led the effort to push the chamber to approve the bill.

The Senate’s vote was 20-20. Republicans and Democrats were evenly divided on the issue.

Senators voting against Huelskamp’s effort said there were questions about how the law would be enforced and what it did to tie the hands of cities and counties to regulate the industry.

Huelskamp said that was one interpretation, but the House intent was to make the laws statewide so communities that couldn’t afford to fight the adult entertainment industry would be protected.

Others said there were more pressing issues than cracking down on adult entertainment. They said their constituents are more concerned about such things as how legislators propose to close a projected $510 million gap between spending and revenue in the 2011 budget.

“This bill is unwarranted and unnecessary,” said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat.

Senators have never considered legislation this session to regulate adult entertainment businesses. The proposal originated in the House and was inserted in a Senate bill that regulated alcohol sales.

Senate Federal and State Affair Committee Chairman Pete Brungardt, a Salina Republican, said the adult entertainment bill remained among several that he was negotiating with House counterparts. He made no promises that an agreement would be reached before the 2010 session closes, but said it would get some discussion.


conservative 7 years, 12 months ago

Kill the bill now! Leave it to the individual cities to regulate these industries in their areas.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 12 months ago

I wonder if some of our legislators and their friends pressing this nonsense shower with their suits,ties and shoes on? or generally with their clothes on?

Horace 7 years, 12 months ago

“I think this is commonsense regulation of an industry that is unacceptable in the state,” said Sen. Tim Huelskamp, a Fowler Republican.

chestnut 7 years, 12 months ago

Strip clubs would have to close at midnight?

  1. How would that improve quality of life?
  2. Who goes to a strip club before midnight?

Robert Marble 7 years, 12 months ago

This is a pointless piece of legislation- get rid of it.

jonas_opines 7 years, 12 months ago

Out of your business and into your bedroom, unless your business concerns things sort of associated with the bedroom.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 12 months ago

Why make the businesses close midnight to six? You want them open when the "normal" people are in bed.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 12 months ago

Vote against these fools at the first opportunity. In the meantime, be a citizen and let them know what you think of these sorts of senseless efforts.

RogueThrill 7 years, 12 months ago

The KCI bathrooms. Terminal B.

Tap twice.

David Albertson 7 years, 12 months ago

This is nothing but a political game to fire up the right wing bible thumpers. Besides, whatever happened to the Republican idea of not interfering with private business? Or does that only apply to Church friendly business? What a bunch of hypocrites.

Jonathan Becker 7 years, 12 months ago

When you take the absolutist position of no new taxes, you take away an effective method to regulate business.

georgiahawk 7 years, 12 months ago

Tea party where are you? This looks like a good fight for you. Less government intrusion in our lives?

Bill Lee 7 years, 12 months ago

The people behind this bill don't really want it to pass. If it does, they can't run on it again. A lot of politicians raise social issues for campaign purposes, but seldom do anything about them once elected. This is more true on the national level. Kansas politicians aren't bright enough to keep the issues around without acting on them. Pretty soon there won't be a reason to vote for some of these fools.

By the way, who keeps voting for them?

Jeff Cuttell 7 years, 12 months ago

Lost sales taxes to the internet (Adult toys and books) Thousands of lost jobs (Strip Clubs closing) Landlords losing tenants of those buildings (abandoned) Lost sales taxes for the alcohol Liquor distributors losing tons of sales More people on Kansas Highways after going to Missouri for a night of entertainment Losing sales to other states Increased prostitution and other subversive behavior Lost advertising revenue from these businesses

There are more reasons this is a stupid idea but these are a few. Kansas economy CANNOT afford to do this.

Kirk Larson 7 years, 12 months ago

I thought conservatives were against the nanny state. Just goes to show, the only two issues they really care about are their money and other people's sex lives.

boothillbilly 7 years, 12 months ago

Hey everyone, who's up for another round of "Spot the Pandering!", election year edition

mizzou_fan01 7 years, 12 months ago

there are so many problems they could try to face than adult business i suppose they want to go for the easiest wins rather than face the real trouble. and they say its to improve quality of life if it goes through all it going to do is make it worse lost of jobs, people can't pay their bills, no food on the table and how are they going to go look for real jobs if they can't get hired cause of so many ppl thats applying to them now. they might say crime will go down....well it might be cause so many ppl wont report the crime cause they have to give in to it just to make ends meet. if you look at the problems there's more happen in down town around bars and regular clubs than adult business so why do they try so hard to come down on adult business?

SpunKey 7 years, 12 months ago

Oh great!

Wanna close an adult business? Just register a daycare neadby! Phelps' clan would be all over that loophole!!!

MyName 7 years, 12 months ago

Right, I can cross "Regulate Sex Industry" off my Kansas election year bingo card.

If they'd actually pass things like "Improving local economies" or "Fixing the budget" I might have a BINGO!

Maybe next year....

Jaylee 7 years, 12 months ago

spunkey, exactly what i was thinking!

Basically everything listed in this piece of legislation aside from being close to those other establishments, seems backward. Like the closing time? Someone said close them when normal people are awake. I agree.

Personally, I think strip clubs are raunchy and haven't been to one since I was 18 and went to say I had gone, but they do serve their purpose well and, in the sense that people who would do these things anyway have a place out in the boonies to go do those things, they also congregate these folk away from the rest of the town.

I don't have an up-to-date map of all the strip clubs in the state, but doubt there are too terribly many that warrant legislation concerning their proximity to schools, etc. Someone else also pointed out that this should be left to individual cities and I agree with that.

What a waste of time and quick method of looking very publicly like you are wasting time and money.

flyin_squirrel 7 years, 12 months ago

So let me get this right... Nudity Outlawed. Dancers 6 feet away. Close at Midnight.

What then would designate a strip club from a normal bar? Semi-nude is not going to because half the college girls outfits could be considered semi-nude. So the next step would be to make all bars close at midnight and no dancing with someone closer than 6 feet.This state is headed down a bad path.

There are more problems at the Sandbar then there are at the Bird...

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