Bill on sex-related businesses stalls

TOPEKA — A bill that would regulate adult bookstores and strip clubs was sent back to a committee by the Senate on Wednesday.

Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, had attempted to have the Senate simply agree with changes the House had made to the measure and send it to the governor. That failed on a tie vote of 20-20.

The measure would impose restrictions on where adult entertainment businesses could set up shop and how far dancers needed to remain from their clientele while onstage. It also would require such businesses be closed between midnight and 6 a.m.

The rules would apply to communities where such businesses are not already regulated.

Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, said she voted against Senate Bill 514 because Wichita already regulates adult entertainment businesses.

The Senate had debated the measure before recessing in late March but postponed a vote until lawmakers returned for the veto session, which began Wednesday.