Governor Nixon signs bill restricting sexual businesses -

Governor Nixon signs bill restricting sexual businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Strip clubs and adult stores in Missouri will have to keep their employees clothed, minors out and doors shut by midnight under a new law.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday imposing the new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses effective Aug. 28. The law bans full nudity, alcohol, patrons younger than 18 and touching between seminude employees and customers.

New strip clubs and adult stores will have to be located at least 1,000 feet from homes, schools, churches, libraries, parks, day cares and other sexually oriented businesses.

A similar bill approved by the Legislature in 2005 was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court. That legislation also prompted a federal investigation into how it was handled by the House.

Critics contend the rules will hurt the state's economy.

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