Adult entertainment faces new,
stricter regulations in Lincoln
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[MAY 24, 2004]
Sexually oriented adult
businesses now have more stringent requirements to follow in order
to operate within the city limits of Lincoln. The action was sparked
when an adult entertainment business recently made inquiries about
city regulations. Though the business did not pursue its interest in
coming here, ordinance committee chairman Steve Fuhrer engaged the
city attorney to update the current regulations.
Attorney Bill Bates reminded the
council and those in attendance that those businesses, like any
other, are protected by the freedom of the First Amendment and the
city cannot prohibit them from coming into town. However, they can
be strictly regulated. He publicly thanked April Doolin, a
Lincolnite who contacted him and came to a previous city council
meeting. Doolin directed him to a document that was found at the
Legal Resource Center in Mississippi and provides a lot of
protective parameters for the city.
Bates relieved aldermen of reading the
approximately 40-page document but suggested that they look it over.
He read it and applied what portions he could to the new ordinance.
The ordinance is modeled much like the
one that regulates businesses that sell alcohol. It specifically
sets parameters and regulations for all types and categories of
- Arcade, bookstore, video,
cabaret, motel, motion picture theatre, theatre, escort agencies,
nude model studio or sexual encounters center
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The ordinance also stipulates the
conduct of such businesses. The regulations are not intended to
inhibit the businesses but to protect the interests of the public.
Fees are set in accordance to cover city costs and services, such as
policing and fire protection.
A copy is on file for anyone to review.
unanimously approved the ordinance on May 17.