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Heiner: Supreme Court ruling clears way for Louisville

Monday June 7, 2004

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, R-19, said that today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling is good news for Louisville.

The court ruled 9-0 in favor of a Littleton, Colo., ordinance that, like Louisville Metro's ordinance, regulates sexually oriented businesses through licensing.

It reverses the decision of the federal court of appeals in Denver and effectively overrules similar decisions of the federal appellate court in Cincinnati, under which a previous Louisville ordinance had been temporarily invalidated.

“This Supreme Court decision clarifies that communities can regulate sexually oriented businesses through licensing,” Heiner said. “This is the decision we've been waiting for. It shows that the courts believe that local governments play an important role in regulating sexually oriented businesses in order to protect the community from negative secondary effects. Several court cases have been delayed until this final ruling was issued. This case helps demonstrate the constitutionality of the Metro regulations.”

Heiner was part of a taskforce that revised Metro regulations for adult entertainment businesses. The Jefferson Circuit Court ordered that enforcement be temporarily halted until the case could be briefed. Metro has asked the court to dissolve the temporary order. A hearing on that request is currently set for June 21.


Hal Heiner (R)  19