(KCPW News) Next month, the Midvale City Council will consider how much sexually-explicit material a business can sell without having a special license to do so. The clarification comes as a response to a pair of lawsuits stemming from a 2008 police raid of Doctor John’s Lingerie Boutique, says city attorney Craig Hall.
“The complaint of the attorney for Dr. John’s is that he just wanted to know what the line was so that they didn’t cross into the arena of sexually oriented business,” Hall says. “And the attempt in our drafting is to give him guidance so that his client knows what he can and cannot do.”
Doctor John’s attorney declined to comment on the ordinance until after the city council vote. Under the proposal, businesses that don’t have a license to sell these products must keep adult material under 10 percent of their retail floor space or less than 25 percent of sales.
Midvale will also consider a more comprehensive ordinance that would be the first update of the city’s sexually oriented business licensing code in more than a decade. Hall says it would be one of the most restrictive in the state of Utah.
“The intent is to protect the health and welfare of the citizens, the residents and the business people, in the city of Midvale,” Hall says. “And hopefully those regulations will do that.”
In addition to defining business licenses, the ordinance would require escorts to have a written contract with their clients. Hall says this would keep them from crossing the line into prostitution. The first of Midvale’s proposed ordinances, the clarification regarding sexual merchandise, comes before the city council August 11.