Ohio Senate Passes Sex Business Regulations

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2007

Contact: Phil Burress at (513) 733-5775

Citizen initiative to regulate sex businesses one step closer to becoming law in Ohio Senate passes bill on strong bipartisan vote; forwards to House

Columbus, OH – Tuesday, the Ohio Senate took action on a citizen-initiated legislative proposal to regulate sexually oriented businesses. Over 220,000 Ohio citizens in all 88 counties signed the petition asking the General Assembly to pass the court-approved regulations to protect their communities from the negative impacts associated with the businesses.

The 24 to 8 bipartisan vote in favor of Senate Bill 16, the Community Defense Act (CDA), sends it to the House for consideration. If ultimately approved, CDA will establish a statewide minimum industry standard for closing hours and distancing between nude or semi-nude employees and patrons.

The organization which sponsored the initiative, Citizens for Community Values (CCV), is praising Senate leadership for insuring that the proposal received a full and fair hearing. CCV President Phil Burress singled out Senate President Bill Harris and Senator Gary Cates who chaired the committee that considered CDA for listening to voter concerns.

CDA was immediately referred to the House of Representatives for consideration.  A bill similar to CDA passed the House 92 to 5 in 2005.