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Adult entertainment ordinance needs more technical alterations
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hold a first reading Thursday on proposed changes to the adult entertainment ordinance.

Hall County enacted a 180-day moratorium on adult entertainment establishments, including strip clubs, adult bookstores and video stores, in May so officials could review and update the ordinance.

The moratorium froze the issuance and approval of any and all permits and licenses for adult-themed businesses, but did not impact adult entertainment establishments already legally operating in the county.

County Attorney Bill Blalock said Monday the ordinance, first passed in 1996, needed updating to bring it in line with current case law.

Blalock said the biggest change is delegating authority to handle violations of business licenses to the county administrator, rather than the board, in order to avoid any political conflicts of interest.

Commissioner Craig Lutz said he would like to see all employees of adult establishments be licensed for their work, similar to requirements that waiters and waitresses obtain an alcohol pour license in some jurisdictions.

Lutz said door-to-door solicitors are required to go through background checks and that similar regulations should be put on adult entertainment workers.

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