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New Restrictions for Adult-Oriented Businesses in Kentucky: Bill Passes Senate by a Narrow Margin

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 7, 2024
Senate approves bill imposing new restrictions on adult-oriented businesses • Kentucky Lantern

The Senate of Kentucky has passed Senate Bill 147, which imposes new restrictions on adult-oriented businesses with a vote of 32-6. The bill will now move to the House for further consideration. This legislation prohibits these businesses from operating within 933 feet of various locations such as child care facilities, schools, parks and places of worship.

Adult-oriented businesses are defined as establishments that regularly host performances involving sexual conduct. Senator Lindsey Tichenor expressed concerns about the negative impact these businesses can have on communities, including increased crime, human trafficking and public indecency. Originally, the bill required businesses in violation to relocate within a certain timeframe but a floor amendment removed that requirement. Businesses that violate the new regulations could face penalties such as losing their licenses or receiving cease and desist letters.

An additional amendment removed the term “drag” from the definition of an adult cabaret, which elicited discussions about potential free speech and constitutional issues. Senator David Yates emphasized the importance of protecting minors from sexually explicit content but also raised concerns about potential legal implications of the bill. Despite his reservations, the bill passed in the Senate and will now be reviewed by the House.

By Samantha Johnson

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