TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you support the lawsuit protesting the Missouri law that restricts the adult entertainment industry?

Sunday, August 15, 2010 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

A recent Missouri law that tightens the state's grip on strip clubs and adult stores has prompted a lawsuit.

According to a previous Missourian article more than a dozen plaintiffs have rallied together to fight the new law. The law takes effect Aug. 28 and affects businesses in the adult entertainment industry including strip clubs, stores that sell adult videos and books and seminude modeling studios.

The law bans full nudity, alcohol, the entrance of minors under 18 years of age and touching between seminude employees and customers. The law also requires adult businesses to close before midnight.

According to the Missourian, the lawsuit argues that the new law violates free speech and expression. The lawsuit also argues that lawmakers failed to hold a requested hearing that would determine how much the law would cost the state and local government.

The law could result in the closing of several businesses around the state, putting 1,800 people out of work and costing the state an estimated $2.7 million in sales tax revenue, according to the Association of Club Executives.

Do you support the lawsuit protesting the Missouri law that restricts the adult entertainment industry?

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