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BALTIMORE COUNTY COUNCIL REJECTS NEW RESTRICTIONS ON ADULT VIDEO STORES
By: Jeff Livingston, Staff Writer - 06-01-10 - 9:45 a.m. PDT
Two members of the Baltimore County Council have withdrawn a bill that would have added restrictions on adult businesses and forced some to relocate.
Council Chairman John Olszewski and Councilman Sam Moxley vowed to rework the bill, which had been set for a vote Thursday, and bring it back to the panel within a few weeks.
"We are still looking for a way to buffer these businesses from the community," Olszewski stated in the hearing. "We will retool and make the bill cleaner and definitely reintroduce it."
The seven-members of the council could decide on another version of the proposal as soon as June 7th, 2010,stated Olszewski.
The proposed bill would have restricted adult video and adult novelty businesses from nonresidential and noncommercial areas, such as warehouse complexes.
All adult oriented businesses, including video stores, massage and tattoo parlors, would have had to be at least 1,000 feet from residences or community establishments such as schools, churches or day care centers.
Mainstream video stores would have had to reduce their adult merchandise from the maximum allowable 20 percent to 5 percent of inventory.
In my opinion I guess they feel that adult consumers shouldn't have the right to purchase goods that are legal in this county. "We are pulling the bill back while we discuss whether 5 percent is too much and how far we want to go," Moxley said.
Moxley, who represents the southwestern part of the county, has also asked the county legal staff for an opinion on banning viewing booths in video stores.
He has received several complaints from constituents about a video store in his district that has booths with peepholes and clear glass areas.
"I am waiting to hear if we can ban booths or at least add more stringent restrictions," he said. Olszewski said the delay would give the public more time to comment on the proposal. JRL will keep a watch on this case as it continues to go through the legal system.