Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Missouri Strip Club Law Struck Down

Victory: Adult Entertainment Industry

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Kansas City - The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law banning nudity and imposing other restrictions on strip clubs violates the state constitution, according to a recently published report.  

The court had already deemed the law unconstitutional in August 2005. The court's decision was based on that fact that the law was tacked onto a bill toughening Missouri's drunken-driving laws, and the state constitution requires legislation to deal with only one subject.  

According to the Missouri Supreme Court, the strip club law constitutes "log-rolling," which refers to the practice of gathering several matters in a single bill, in the hope of ensuring their passage.  

According to Dan Margolies' report for the Kansas City Star, the ruling last year was a victory for the adult entertainment industry and yet another setback for Missouri Sen. Matt Bartle, the Lee's Summit Republican who sponsored the bill as well as other measures aimed at the adult entertainment industry.  

Margolies' report went on to say that the strip-club bill struck down Tuesday banned full nudity; required dancers to stay at least 10 feet from customers and behind a rail; barred dancers from touching customers; and required customers and dancers to be at least 21 years of age.

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