A committee appointed by Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-District F, has been debating what revisions to make to a bill he has drafted that would regulate adult bookstores in the county. A revised bill may be proposed next month.
Barker says the bill will be aimed at protecting the health of patrons of the shops.
The original draft bill states that businesses that would come under the requirements would be those whose "principal business" is thesale or rental of films, books and magazines which depict people in a "state of sexual arousal."
The original draft prohibits such businesses from being located within 1,000 feet of residential areas, schools, churches and day-care centers. It would also require the shopsto remove doors to peep shows and have all areas of the shop visibleto an attendant.
The Harford County Sun wants to know what residents think of the measure. Do you support it or oppose it? Why?
What changes to the original bill would you recommend the committee makeand why?
The Harford County Sun will publish as many reasonable responses as possible over the next two weeks.
You may write your response here or send it on additional paper. Please write legibly.
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Send to: Survey, The Harford County Sun, 15 Churchville Road., Bel Air, Md. 21014