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How area senators voted on smut shop bill

TOPEKA | A bill that would place tougher regulations on adult entertainment businesses is stalled after a vote in the Kansas Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday on House amendments that would impose restrictions on where adult entertainment businesses could locate.

The vote was 20-20, meaning the bill remains in negotiation between the House and Senate. The bill 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 houses of worship.

Sexually oriented 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.

Here's how senators from Johnson and Wyandotte counties voted:

Republicans Yes (to pass SB 514): Brownlee, Colyer, Lynn, Pilcher-Cook.

Republicans voting No: Huntington, Owens, Vratil.

Democrats voting No: Haley, Kultala, Steineger.

The bill had little practical effect in Johnson and Wyandotte counties because strip clubs are already zoned heavily in those counties.

Sen. Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, explained his No vote:

"My vote has to do with my concern that the bill as amended by the House will not do what the proponents and supporters believe it will do. "As a former Assistant City Attorney I frequently dealt with issues that were non-uniform in statute thereby allowing cities and counties to opt out of legislation under home rule. The amendment added by the House specifically states that the act will not apply to certain cities and counties.

"I cannot vote for something that sends a false message to the public. It would be better for this bill to be returned to the conference committee to attempt to clarify or to ‘‘Fix’’ the problems identified on the floor in the discussion by the Senate.

"I vote ‘‘No’’ in order to return this matter to the Federal and State Affairs ConferenceCommittee."

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