Sexual businesses still challenging law

Industry attorneys say new law ‘already has proven devastating’

Arguing that a new state law “already has proven devastating” to Missouri’s adult entertainment industry, its lawyers were back in court Monday afternoon asking a Cole County judge to block continued enforcement of the law restricting industry operations.

At the end of a nearly hour-long hearing, Senior Judge Byron Kinder said he would rule “promptly,” after both sides submit proposed orders in the case.

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Monday’s hearing concerned only the industry’s allegations that lawmakers violated both the Missouri Constitution and state law when they passed the bill last spring, when the Joint Committee on Legislative Research failed to hold a hearing on the proposal’s fiscal note, which explains its expected financial impact on state and local governments.

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