New rules approved for Kansas sex businesses

The Kansas House today approved a series of rules aimed at sexually oriented business, including adult bookstores and strip clubs.

The House voted to approve the so-called “Community Defense Act,” which would restrict new adult business from opening within 1,000 feet of a school, park, church library or a residence.

It also would require such businesses to close at midnight, and outlaw physical contact between patrons and dancers. Attempts to bar alcohol in these businesses were unsuccessful.

Supporters said this week that the law would protect communities from the crime and blight that follow adult businesses. Bill opponents told lawmakers the rules could shutter businesses and cost as many as 1,000 jobs.

The bill wouldn’t affect cities with their own ordinances regulating sexually oriented business so long as those laws were as tough or tougher than the proposed new law.

Today’s vote sets up a final recorded vote Wed.