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Proposed tax increases on stores that sell pornography and adult dance clubs came before the Senate for debate on Wednesday. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Senators began debate on legislation that would require all adult oriented businesses to charge all customers a five dollar entrance fee.
It also would allow cities to place licensing fees on cabarets and adult bookstores.
Besides increasing the costs on these businesses, the bill would place tighter restrictions on when these facilities can be open for business and what types of services they can offer.
The bill sponsor is Republican Senator Matt Bartle.
That's Republican Representative Bob Johnson.
Johnson says Bartle's bill contains provisions that may violate the right to free speech in the First Amendment.
But Bartle says his bill will withstand court challenges from the adult entertainment industry.
Bartle says his bill is tailored to adhere with previous court rulings.
He says those rulings indicate that lawmakers can't outright ban pornography but he says they can regulate its distribution.
But Republican Representative Bob Johnson says in his experience, adult businesses don't create all those social ills.
The legislation that would place tighter restrictions and new taxes on adult oriented businesses is up for first round approval in the Missouri Senate.