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City Council readies vote on sexually oriented businesses

Sexually oriented businesses will take center state Tuesday when the Memphis City Council votes on ordinances governing their operation.

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks says sexually oriented businesses lead to crime and health hazards.  But, just two and a half months after commissioners implemented tougher rules, Memphis City Council members will vote Tuesday to repeal the county's ordinance.

"We did not just rush into passing this resolution," Brooks said Monday. "There was a lot of work done."

The County Commission did a study and adopted the stricter state law to appease Cordova residents worried a strip club was coming to their suburb.

But all the current strip clubs are in Memphis where there are no laws, and the clubs have a racy reputation.

Memphis City Council Member Janis Fullilove is worried about new lawsuits against the city and county after the tougher laws went into effect January 1st.

"I think we're going to be very slow on this one," she said.

Some cities have had to settle half-million dollar lawsuits.

"We don't want that to happen," Fullilove said. "Not with us and not with our taxpayers' money."

Strip club beer sales taxes net the city two to five million dollars a year, and owners say the new six-foot distance requirement between strippers and patrons is killing business.

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