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Reviewed Date: May 05, 2017
Businesses--Laws and regulations--Adult businesses
Material on the Regulation of Adult Bookstores
MTAS was asked to provide material on the regulation of adult bookstores in Tennessee.
Knowledgebase-Material on the Regulation of Adult Bookstores June 1, 1995 Enclosed is the following material on the regulation of adult bookstores in Tennessee: - The American Society of Planning Official's Regulating Sex Businesses. It outlines the two general methods of regulating such businesses (concentration and dispersion) and contains sample ordinances. Although it was published in 1977, it is still surprisingly current. - Davis-Kidd Booksellers v. McWherter, 866 S.W.2d 520 (1993), which upheld most of the Tennessee's display statute, which restricted display of material harmful to minors; State of Tennessee v. Rollins, 785 S.W.2d 129 (Tenn. Cr. App., 1989), in which the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals upheld Tennessee's obscenity statute at T.C.A. 39-6-1104 (particularly as it applied to employees of adult businesses); Douglas Price, d/b/a/Video Review v. State of Tennessee, et al., 806 S.W.2d 179 (1991) in which the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld Tennessee's Adult Oriented Establishment Registration Act at T.C.A. 7-51-1101; and State of Tennessee v. Martin, 719 S.W.2d 522 (1986), in which the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld Tennessee's obscenity statute at T.C.A. 39-6-1101 et seq. - Update on Regulation of Adult Entertainment Businesses. - Building the Record--Saving the Ordinance. This short publication relates to the regulation of adult businesses in Arkansas, but is pertinent to such regulations anywhere in the United States. - Two good adult business ordinances form the Cities of Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. They regulate all adult businesses, which may go further than you want to go, but they give you a good idea of what kind of regulations might apply to each kind of adult business. Sincerely, Sidney D. Hemsley Senior Law Consultant