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Kansas House bill targets sexually oriented businesses

February 14, 2013, 2:28 p.m. Updated February 14, 2013, 9:15 p.m.


Semi-nude women dance on the stages at Allstars Gentleman’s Club in North Lawrence. Colored lights flash to the loud background music, and a bartender serves drinks to patrons, who are either watching the women or the television.

Most days, the club stays open for 13 hours, with managers closing down at 2 a.m. Around 4 p.m., only three cars sit in front of the entrance to the club, at 913 N. Second St.

Teresa Fernandez, the day manager and bartender at Allstars, said House Bill 2054 regulating clubs such as hers could drastically change business.

“Some people won’t come in,” Fernandez said. “We would probably lose some business, and it may cause some businesses to fold.”

The measure, dubbed the “Community Defense Act,” would ban employees from being nude or topless, and it would forbid the serving of alcoholic beverages, being open after midnight and offering private dances. It also would dictate where these establishments could be located.

Testimony on HB 2054 was heard Thursday before the House Standing Committee on Federal and State Affairs. A similar bill died on the Senate floor in June 2011.

Supporters of the act, including Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, who is vice chairman of the committee, said strip clubs have adverse effects on communities.

“I am concerned with the negative secondary effects that these establishments create within communities, especially in small communities,” Brunk said.

The committee heard testimony from supporters of the bill Thursday, including Phillip Crosby, the state director of the American Family Association, a church affiliated nonprofit organization.

“Sexually oriented businesses are not engines of prosperity, but a community liability,” Crosby said. “The effects are increased crime, increased STDs, property devaluation, prostitution and human and drug trafficking. Communities are intimidated by the sex industry, and Kansas communities have no restrictions in place.”

Rep. Brett Hildabrand, R-Merriam, questioned whether increased regulation would drive sexually oriented business underground, where little oversight by local police is possible. He noted that the Junction City police chief told him that the adult businesses in the town elicit fewer problems than local bars.

Several supporters, including representatives from the Kansas Catholic Conference, Concerned Women for America and the Kansas Family Policy Council, gave testimony that there is a connection between strip clubs and sex trafficking.

“The sexualization of our society is on the increase, and the demand is for younger and younger girls,” said Judy Smith, state director of Concerned Women for America. “Sex traffickers prey on the vulnerability of these young women.”

Kim Murphree, a spokeswoman for the Lawrence Police Department, said law enforcement went to Allstars 17 times in 2012. There was one call regarding harassment, one for battery and one for a medical emergency.

Fernandez said that during the two years she’s worked at Allstars she has not experienced any problems with crime in the club.

“Some people who are trying to push this bill have never been in a strip club before,” Fernandez said. “They need to get informed first. It’s just a place where people have fun and get a drink and spend a weekend night.”

The hearing will continue Friday with testimony from people opposed to the bill.


LudicrousSpeed 1 year, 1 month ago

There is federal law allowing communities to regulate these clubs and it has withstood US Supreme court challenges. The real question everyone needs to be asking, "Do you want an out of state radical Evangelical ran and funded Political Action Committee coming in to your state and trying to force, amendments to the Kansas state Constitution, down your throat ?"


Curveball 1 year, 2 months ago

My comments have nothing to do with party affiliation. While the clubs do control a lot of what goes on, they can't control everything. Drug users and dealers Do hang out at these clubs and the dancers are often their main customers. The cell phone ban also keeps the customers from making a phone call. I understand the camera concerns. (You never know who they may be calling) My main point is that if these are such wonderful employment opportunities and not at all immoral, then why don't the fathers, brothers and husbands of the dancers take pride in the fact that they do dance nude in front of strangers for money? Sort of like "Hey Joe, why don't we go over to Club XXX and watch my (daughter,sister,wife) dance naked after work?" See the point?


msezdsit 1 year, 2 months ago

The kansas legislature are communist or at least socialist. They want big government and they want big government as far down our throats as they can stuff it.


mikekt 1 year, 2 months ago

It was the former head of The Republican National Committee , a Mr. Michael Steel, who was caught in 2011, spending $1,900 of the RNCs donated funds, on what must have been a fact finding (?) mission to a Bondage Strip Club !

He probably just went there to get some peace so he could write a new anti porn & strip club plank for the parties upcoming convention !

Same old happy stuff from politicians !


Curveball 1 year, 2 months ago

The so-called Dancers are someone's sister, daughter or wife. How would you like to go to work some day and when asked "how's the family?"reply "Oh my daughter just landed a new job at Club XXX." Think about all the creeps leering at her and treating her like a common streetwalker. I suspect the clubs get less attention from the police because of the bouncers who enforce the cell phone ban and beat up the customers who get out of line. They police their own turf. I once saw a guy thrown out of a strip club in Topeka . I don't know what he did or why he was "escorted" out, but they couldn't let it go at that . Three or four bouncers had to beat the guy up after they got him outside. And I haven't even started on the drugs, shady bookkeeping and other crimes that go on at those places. If the "Dancers" ever do get out of the business, do you think they list that on their resume?


jonas_opines 1 year, 2 months ago

Look, between this and gay rights restrictions, this is simply an attempt to make the Kansas government more efficient. Just think about how half of our poor legislatures gets cold sweats and drift off, thinking about running down to the nearest club and getting some fine dancing from cute honeys, and that's not even the time wasted when they succumb to their sinful brains and actually GO.

The other half, well, they just get so many shivers thinking of those burly men with their rough hands.

With all of this, how can you expect your properly repressed, moral representative to get any actual work done on job incentives, or infrastructure improvements, or any of those other vital things? None of those can happen until anything that could draw the lawmakers eye and mind into impurity are properly dealt with. They are, after all, nothing but sinful humans. Sinful, dirty dirty humans.


ShePrecedes 1 year, 2 months ago

The religious rite are addicted to porn, by their own admission.

I am not fond of strip joints nor the people who go there. But I herald their right to feed the addictions of the Religious Rite.

I certainly do look down upon the people who go to these places, questioning their personal characteristic and values. If you want to be well-thought of, don't go to those places.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 2 months ago

Guess who has a high consumption rate? Red States are high porn consumers and many preachers are heavy users.


mikekt 1 year, 2 months ago

My take is that anybody that calls themselves the "Americans For Something", is probably some sort of "cult group", that must be trying to send a message... to....foreign student at KU ? Else wise, ....why would they bother to call themselves "Americans", since all true Kansas Residents are "Americans", .....for the most part ?

Does that imply that some folks are "not as American", as other folks are ?...... Maybe, Most Probably ?!

What if they just changed their names to "We Are Not Russians, Chinese or Cubans... For Something" ? Do you think that people would buy into that name,... or any of their b.s. better ?


mikekt 1 year, 2 months ago

How about a law prohibiting religious non profits from lobbying or influencing the State Legislature, using tax deductible contributions, or the non profit charities name, to fund their efforts ?

A little Separation of Church & State,..... Please !

How about another Law that says that any hypocrites collecting donations in Kansas ( even out of staters ) must give back all of the $ loot, if they get caught with their moral pants down ? No bathroom foot taping or hookers allowed ! No half million dollar homes, fancy cars or topped out vacations for them, at the non profits expense !

Just what we need ! Big government and shady religious panderers, getting involved with our private personal lives, true governments power !

If that isn't the makings of a fiasco and the very thing that the right wing promised not to do.....not to get government into your lives !......but hypocrites generally lie about allot of things ! What is so different about these ?


mikekt 1 year, 2 months ago

Wonder if Jim baker and the church secretary, Jimmy Swagert and the motel hooker or Reverend Ted with his male escort and drugs, are part of this group ?

To those of you who are mindless......obey, obey, obey !!!!!!!



overplayedhistory 1 year, 2 months ago

So far:

Happy hour OK again.

Legal happy hour lap dance Not OK (some things should not be profited from).

Health care for all Not OK (what's wrong with a little profit over caring for people?)

Guns always OK, hopefully in churches, schools and hospitals too.

Gay not OK (we won't hunt you, but don't expect us to protect you).

Legal abortion suspended, Not OK.

Wind turbines ruin the land scape, Not OK.

Fracking OK (what you can't see can't hurt ya, unless its flammable).

Federal government money for the poor to get medical care Not OK (What would Jesus say?)

Federal government money for low nutrition crops OK (Jesus did not say feed them well).

Lower state taxes OK.

Starve the schools OK.

Get rid of the interest deduction OK (Wait you have how much mortgage debt?)


Griz 1 year, 2 months ago

Seems to me some of these moral crusaders forgot the words of the man from Gallilee: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Guess we have many perfect folks leading us to the promised land in the state. Wonder I don't feel worthy of their control over my life?


Water 1 year, 2 months ago

Yet another example of some group attempting to add more cereal filler to the spicy Kielbasa of life.


mom_of_three 1 year, 2 months ago

Are we going back to the 1900's, because this sounds like it.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 2 months ago

More smaller government, except when they say so. Was nudity legal in the bible? "NANNER NANNER."


rgh 1 year, 2 months ago

There are single mothers, college girls paying tuition, etc. who also work at clubs as a legitimate way of making money. They are not out prostituting which is illegal and men aren't there to rape women, just get away from stress for a few hours without gambling (which is legal) or getting drunk then driving home (which is also illegal). Someone in your right mind with solid evidence show me how trafficking and clubs are truly related. You can't just make up things to fit your morals and shove them down others' throats. I'd much rather spend my money at a club than a bar (which I do and have been faithful and happily married to my wonderful lifelong partner of 30 years and counting).


Ray Parker 1 year, 2 months ago

Improve your community. Shut down a strip joint or smut shop today.

Strip Joint

Strip Joint by parkay


To Sides 1 year, 2 months ago

Concerned Women for America

Founded by Beverly LaHaye, wife of Religious Right activist Tim LaHaye, as a counter to the progressive National Organization of Women, Concerned Women for America (CWA) describes itself as "the nation's largest public policy women's organization." CWA opposes gay rights, comprehensive sex education, drug and alcohol education, and feminism, while advocating what it calls "pro-life" and "pro-family" values.


kusp8 1 year, 2 months ago

This is dumb, but not suprising.


SpeedRacer 1 year, 2 months ago

All of the gains of the last 30 years are being reversed by this governor and his Christian right crusaders. If this keeps up, we can probably expect all the liquor laws to be repealed, too.


catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 2 months ago

This is stupid.. I can't believe we pay these morons to come up with ideas like this.. Here we have two illegitimate wars occuring, the US enconomy is in the toilet, we're closing schools and laying teachers off, people are starving, homless people who can't find work, people that can't afford to get decent health care and we have a bunch of morons worried sick that someone might actually find the time to have a good time. What consenting adults do is there business. Long as no one is drunk driving or getting hurt whats the big deal... I bet the dorms and frat houses at KU generate more STDs than any strip club.


Bob Forer 1 year, 2 months ago

With many serious issues facing the State of Kansas, I haven't a clue why these folks are wasting time on this issue.


TheYetiSpeaks 1 year, 2 months ago

It's like a starving man going in to McDonalds and paying to look at the food. But, hey, less laws not more.....Pay away gentlemen.


UneasyRider 1 year, 2 months ago

Maybe some gay strips clubs giving male lap dances would give all these GOP moralists something to do


Katara 1 year, 2 months ago

American Family Association? The group that just recently claimed that gays being buried in Arlington Cemetery would compromise national security?


JJE007 1 year, 2 months ago

Apparently, what we can't fix, we must govern out of existence.


mikekt 1 year, 2 months ago

I hope that all of these pastors don't go back to their churches ........and clean house .

It Would be dangerous, If they took their phony misuses of the Old Testament seriously, because they might go back to their churches and execute half of their own members in the parking lot, for the obvious chronic crimes of adultery !!!!!

But that would be too much work, as they would have to stone them to death, as no bullets were used in the Old Testament !

Got to be Biblical, know !

What church doesn't have it's share of 2nd and 3rd timer adulterous marriages, ........oh,........excuse us......dues paying, ......faithful believer members..... in good long as they can pay to be fleeced, by a bunch of red neck charlatans, who make their hypocritical livings off of the gullible and leaching onto their lives .

Cheating spouses are probably also a major source of spreading VD around their churches .

But I am not for outlawing their churches, just because some of their members cheat on their spouses or spread VD.

Welcome to the real world, where people with brains actually look back at you hypocritical people,...... and note the obvious !

Sorry, you don't have a license to fool, all of the people, all of the time !

I believe in a God or a Supreme being,.... but it's not some vengeful little control freak god that has nothing greater to do with it's time, than to obsess over the non violent behaviors of humans in this world .

But I guess that you hypocrites can make a god, in any image that you want, by twisting up any words, that you can twist .

If a picture is worth a thousand words.......then what are a thousand words worth ?.......and what differs a "graven image" of a god......from one made with words on a keyboard..... or from a pulpit ?


Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 2 months ago

Once again right-wing nanny staters show they are incapable of anything but legislating their morality upon all. Small government, my foot. And didn't Pat Roberts just make a fool of himself by being one of the lone votes against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (78-22), with the brilliant reasoning that courts are just too full as is? Next on plate, forced church attendence for those in "dark spiritual areas". Between time-wasters like this latest attack against consenting adults and the other crap they're pulling, it's no wonder that an increasing number of Kansans ~ of both parties ~ are becoming disgusted with the entire state house. Keep your bibles at home and quit goofing off on our dollar.


gatekeeper 1 year, 2 months ago

I live in N. Lawrence and have never seen any issues at All Stars. I like that guys come from all over Lawrence and spend their money on my side of town (many use the gas stations nearby, bringing revenue to these businesses). I personally don't understand the thrill of paying to just get turned on, but what ever floats these guys boats shouldn't be deemed illegal. No one is getting hurt, so who cares. If it weren't for the sign out front, you'd never know it was a strip club. What ever happened to capitolism and free enterpise? I thought republicans said regulation kills business. Why do they want to kill business in this state?

All you idiots that voted for these republicans, I hope you enjoy what they're doing to this state. No more boobies for you!!!! Hopefully you'll start to see that republicans are nothing but hyprocrits!


Gabe Hoffman 1 year, 2 months ago

Low compared to any bar students frequent.


costello 1 year, 2 months ago

"Kim Murphee, a spokeswoman for the Lawrence Police Department, said law enforcement went to Allstars 17 times in 2012. There was one call regarding harassment, one for battery and one for a medical emergency."

How does that compare with other businesses or bars?


Gabe Hoffman 1 year, 2 months ago

"The state would like to enter 'Taken' into evidence, calling Liam Neeson as an expert witness."


Joe Hyde 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm guessing the proponents of this bill, in a week's time, typically watch many evening TV dramas where men and women get murdered in the most gruesome and terrifying ways imaginable...and they don't think a thing about it. Censor TV violence? No way. Ban assault rifles and 30-round clips? Oh, Lord no!

But God forbid if some of their fellow citizens want to drink a beer while watching a beautiful dancer with shapely breasts, and then just go on home. Gotta outlaw that!


Karl_Hungus 1 year, 2 months ago

“I am concerned with the negative secondary effects that these establishments create within communities, especially in small communities,” Brunk said.

Buddy, you and your ilk are doing WAAAAYYYY more damage to this state than any strip club, std, drug or hookers ever could!

"Sexually oriented businesses are not engines of prosperity, but a community liability,” Crosby said. “The effects are increased crime, increased STDs, property devaluation, prostitution and human and drug trafficking. Communities are intimidated by the sex industry, and Kansas communities have no restrictions in place.”

How sweet, bet you know first hand. I don't even like strip clubs, total waste of money but to each their own.....what is they have nude bible readings


repete66211 1 year, 2 months ago

Why is a representative of a hate groups (American Family Association) being asked for an opinion in a state hearing? (Hint: He probably wrote the bill.) And why is the LJW playing along? A woman-hating pervert is the last person who would qualify as an expert witness in a discussion regarding strip clubs.


Ken Lewis 1 year, 2 months ago

As far as “KS valves”, that is the worst argument I have heard yet. Here are the things wrong with the “KS values” argument.
• First of all, most if not all, of these establishments in KS are private clubs. So the imposition of "KS values" is over the limit right off the bat. If you vote in favor of this, you might as well establish an official State religion and force all other religions to comply based on the same "KS Values" argument...and the lack of recognition of private clubs, meetings or congregations. The justification of "KS values" might as well be said as "We want a Christian based theocracy". • Secondly, it is the "more freedom, small govt" tea party republicans who are pushing it. I am not sure where they want small govt, but it isn't in your private lives. And minding your own business is also a KS value. • MO argued that strip clubs contributed to crime and human trafficking. Well, there have been no cases in KS or MO establishing any link between strip clubs and prostitution or human trafficking….which incidentally are NOT the same. However, since MO passed their law, dozens of clubs have closed and KCMO has seen an unprecedented crime wave, so I guess they cannot use the crime justification anymore.
• Governor Brownback wants to turn KS into a State like Texas where there is no state income tax making it attractive to business. Well, Texas practically invented the strip club and the lap dance. It is part of their business culture. Strip clubs are all over the place in Texas and advertised on billboards next to the freeways. You can’t have it both ways. You can want a free state like Texas and Nevada and then impose all this moral stuff too. • I have lived in KS all my life and minding your own business is also a KS value. If these people don’t like the clubs….then they don’t have to go. If a woman doesn’t want to work there…..then don’t. If you do and regret it later, well that is called growing up and taking responsibility for your decisions. No one is forcing anymore to work there.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

These people might have quit having sex so they would prefer if all others on the planet would quit having sex.

The question is who wants to be as frustrated and angry as these folks?

"“I am concerned with the negative secondary effects that these establishments create within communities, especially in small communities,” Brunk said.

The committee heard testimony from supporters of the bill Thursday, including Phillip Crosby, the state director of the American Family Association, a church affiliated non-profit organization.

“Sexually oriented businesses are not engines of prosperity, but a community liability,” Crosby said. “The effects are increased crime, increased STDs, property devaluation, prostitution and human and drug trafficking. Communities are intimidated by the sex industry, and Kansas communities have no restrictions in place.”

Is any of this true? Why are Brunk and Crosby hanging out at these houses of ill repute? How else could they obtain this information?

Nikki Wentling are these people lying?


myavaka 1 year, 2 months ago

Their rally cry is smaller, less intrusive government, government is the problem. When the government leaves people alone, things get better and we prosper. Oh wait…..what they mean is; a smaller government unless you want to take your home brew to a friend’s house, go to a topless bar, buy medical insurance with abortion coverage included, have your union dues auto drafted from your paycheck, etc., etc. Don’t even start with the abortion issue, it’s a Constitutional Right and they are trying their best to deny this right to the citizens of Kansas. Funny how they try to squash certain Constitutional Rights when they don’t fit their far Right-Wing dogma. Calling them hypocrites is a nice to put it.


Currahee 1 year, 2 months ago

As employees. So rent out space and have them be called "independent contractors". Bam! They aren't "employees" anymore.


1 year, 2 months ago

Found on Twitter

@LJWorld #Brownbackistan. Freedom of The Guv's religion and nobody else's. Kill jobs and close businesses. @govsambrownback @billmaher


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 2 months ago

So,mound this affect TheFlamingo? Nikki should interview Wes!


ljwhirled 1 year, 2 months ago

As much as I find such places gross, this is just stupid.

Let the girls dance and the pervs watch, as long as no one gets hurt and everyone is a consenting adult, who cares?

The take away message is an AR-15 with a 100 Round drum is okay, but a lap dance is forbidden.

What about our personal freedom? Hypocrites.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

Legalize it and tax it...said the pot head.


overthemoon 1 year, 2 months ago

And the jobs? Where are the jobs? Oh...this is, by the way, a job killing bill.


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