House Approves Community Defense Act Regulating Sex Shops

April 29, 2011

The Kansas House voted 96-23 in favor of the Community Defense Act, legislation that would apply time, place, and manner restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.  Included in the bill is language preventing such establishments from building within 1000 feet of churches, schools, parks, and homes.  Statewide regulation is necessary because smaller communities often do not have the resources to fight the multi-billion dollar pornography business in court when they attempt to apply similar restrictions at the local level.

The Kansas Catholic Conference supports this legislation and offered testimony on its behalf earlier in the session.

The House already approved the Community Defense Act earlier in the year but for procedural reasons had to vote on it again.