Kansas Senate won't debate regulating sex businesses

TOPEKA | The Kansas Senate has rejected an effort to revive legislation regulating strip clubs, adult video stores and other sexually oriented businesses.

The chamber voted 22-17 Wednesday against pulling the measure out of a committee where it has languished. The House passed the measure earlier.

The bill would limit the hours and locations of sexually oriented businesses, ban total nudity and impose a "no touch" rule for employees and customers.

Supporters said the measure would prevent blight and crime. They also argued it would help small communities that want to keep out adult businesses but can't afford to fight lawsuits by owners.

Critics say such regulations are best left to cities and counties.