Kansas House panel rejects bill on adult businesses

A Kansas House committee has rejected a bill imposing new regulations on strip clubs, adult bookstores and other sexually oriented businesses.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee first watered down the measure to remove provisions that would have banned alcohol and total nudity within such businesses.

Members also removed a ban on seminude employees intentionally touching patrons and a requirement that dancers remain 6 feet away from customers.

The revised bill still would have barred such businesses within 1,000 feet of schools, homes and houses of worship.

But some social conservatives who backed the original bill wouldn't vote for the weaker version, and the committee rejected it on a voice vote. The action is likely to end debate on the issue for the year.