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Mitchell bill seeks regulation of local adult entertainment          Send a link to a friend

Facility near the village of Kenney addressed

[MARCH 19, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- A bill, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Mitchell, that gives counties and non-home-rule municipalities the authority to regulate adult entertainment facilities that are located in unincorporated areas and permit the consumption of alcohol has cleared the House Local Government Committee.

"An adult entertainment facility near the village of Kenney is skirting a law I helped pass back in 2002 that would allow non-home-rule municipalities and counties to regulate facilities that allow patrons to consume alcohol on the premises," said Mitchell. "By charging patrons a $1 membership fee, they are now claiming to be a private club and not opened to the public. This effectively opened a loophole in the current state law allowing them to escape any common-sense regulation such as ensuring that only adults over the age of 21 can visit the establishment and that the club must close at a reasonable hour. My bill closes that loophole."

House Bill 27 provides that a county board may license or regulate any business that is operating as a public accommodation or an adult entertainment facility, is located in an unincorporated area of the county, permits the consumption of alcohol on the premises, and is not licensed under the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Similarly, corporate authorities of municipalities would be able to regulate public accommodations or adult entertainment facilities not licensed under the Liquor Control Act of 1934.

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"This has been an ongoing issue for the residents of the village of Kenney," said Mitchell. "As a matter of public safety, the citizens of Kenney deserve to have this facility regulated like any other business that serves or allows alcohol to be consumed on the property. I will continue to push for passage of this bill through the House and Senate chambers."

The bill now advances to the full House for further consideration.

[News release from Rep. Bill Mitchell]

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