January 26, 2005
Bartle Battles Boobies
Well folks, looks like adult bookstores and strip clubs might be closing soon. Matt Bartle, pictured right, is quite the moral crusader. He has also sponsored bills that would:
--forever preserve an individual's right to hunt in Missouri
--increase admission costs to gaming boats
and has co-sponsored a bill
--making February 6, Ronald Reagan day in Missouri.
Bill Highlights (and what the hell is a sexual encounter center?)
The term “sexually oriented business” includes adult arcades, adult bookstores, adult novelty stores, adult video stores, adult cabarets, adult motels, adult motion picture theaters, adult theaters, escort agencies, nude model studios, and sexual encounter centers. Prohibits the exhibition of sexually explicit films, videos, DVDs, and live entertainment in viewing rooms at sexually oriented businesses. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
If a sexually oriented business allows specified criminal activity or specified sexual activity on the premises or otherwise fails to comply with these requirements, it shall be considered a nuisance and closed pursuant to Section 567.080, RSMo.
Prohibits a sexually oriented business from being open between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. These businesses will be closed on state holidays and Sundays.
Prohibits the Supervisor of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control from issuing a liquor license to a sexually oriented business.
Any room, building or other structure regularly used for lewdness and assignation purposes is a public nuisance. Currently, only those places where prostitution is conducted are considered public nuisances.
Any person who establishes, maintains, uses, owns, or leases a place for lewdness, assignation, or prostitution is guilty of maintaining a nuisance. If convicted, a person will be by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or a short jail sentence.
In other words, ya can’t watch boobies, get off to boobies, enjoy boobies after 10PM, drink a beer while watching boobies and you’re probably gonna get shut down (or go to jail) anyway.
Full story here.
Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Kansas City, wants to force adult entertainment businesses out of the state by stripping them of their profits.
Legislation pending in the Senate would impose a 20 percent tax on revenue of all "sexually oriented businesses," charge a $5 fee for each person entering their doors and prohibit them from staying open late at night.
"The goal of the bill is to make Missouri inhospitable for these businesses," said Bartle.
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