Government Launches New War on Adult Entertainment Industry
By: Jeff Livingston, Staff Writer
KANSAS – A House committee reached again Wednesday April 6, to put to the top of State Government priorities a strangle hold around the waist of the Adult Entertainment Industry in the state of Kansas.
Undaunted by the Senate’s cool reception to a sweeping regulation bill, a majority on the House Federal and State Affairs Committee approved a last-ditch effort to secure adoption of new limits on heterosexual topless clubs, adult bookstores, adult video stores, adult theaters, adult boutiques and other businesses with an adult theme.
This crusade is led by Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Bel Aire, who gutted a Senate bill and inserted contents of the House-passed measure. “We’re going to take another run at it,” he said. The maneuver requires the full House to approve the committee’s new bill. If that occurs, supporters in the Senate can make a motion to concur. That is one way to bypass the Senate committee process.
Time is of the utmost of importance because the regular portion of the 2011 session is likely to end this Friday or Saturday. House Bill 2107, labeled the Community Defense Act by sponsors, imposes statewide limits on adult bookstores, video stores, cabarets, movie houses and sex toy shops. City or county regulations would be trumped by this state law, unless a local rule was more stringent.
For Adult businesses currently operating in Kansas like Lion’s Den Adult Superstores located at 2349 Fair Road, Abilene, KS – (785) 263-9898, I-70 Adult Novelty & Video located at Exit 238 I 70, Brookville KS 67425-(785) 225-6889. Then there is the Adult Superstores located at 5858 South Broadway Street, Wichita, KS – (316) 522-9040 and of course Escort Services outlet which provide both male and female, gay and heterosexual services, the Playhouse Entertainment organization.
To put it simply this bill bans full nudity, mandates performers remain 6 feet from customers and closes each establishment from midnight to 6 a.m. Dancers no longer could touch customers, which is the death knell for lap dancing. Private rooms for personal viewing would be abolished. New commercial ventures couldn’t be established within 1,000 feet of a day care center, park, school, library or church.
Rep. Amanda Grosserode, R-Lenexa, moved forward in the House committee meeting to delete from the bill 2107 all but the1,000-foot restriction on new businesses. That would help small Kansas communities fight off developers interested in placing topless clubs in those cities, she stated to the press. “We need to ask ourselves: What is our intent?” she said. “What is our goal, and what is attainable?” She said the Senate was unlikely to adopt the House’s full-scale challenge of the adult entertainment industry in Kansas.
Grosserode’s motion to amend House Bill 2107 was blocked by committee members intent on moving the entire package through the house. “I think there is a bigger picture,” said Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center.
Read the latest version of House Bill 2107.