Kentucky Senate Passes SB 147 Protecting Children from Adult Businesses and Performances

FRANKFORT, KY – The Family Foundation applauds Senator Lindsey Tichenor, the bill’s sponsor, and the Senate chamber for the passage of Senate Bill 147. The bill passed 32-6 and now heads to the Kentucky House.

SB 147 provides an important statewide framework of regulations on adult-oriented businesses and performances protecting children from exposure to sexually explicit conduct. This includes setting a minimum distance (of the average city block) for nearby locations where children are present, including churches, education centers, and parks. The bill would also prevent sexually-explicit conduct and performances on public property. 

Statement from David Walls, executive director of The Family Foundation:

SB 147 is a straightforward, commonsense, and necessary bill to protect children and families of this Commonwealth from the numerous adverse effects of adult businesses and inappropriate adult performances. Let’s state the obvious, sexually explicit adult businesses and performances, including drag shows, should not take place near children.

“SB 47 is a family-friendly bill that will help shield children and families from exposure to sexually-explicit conduct. The Kentucky House should now move quickly on this important legislation,” Walls concluded.

Over the past several years, in Kentucky and across the nation, there has been a growing concern about sexualized adult conduct and performances targeting children, even at public libraries, in schools, and on other public property.

Government has a duty and moral obligation to protect Kentuckians from the adverse effects of sexually explicit business and performances, which can include sexual exploitation, human trafficking, public indecency and obscenity, and tremendous harm to children.


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