City Council members are considering a proposal to give the city's liquor board the authority to license and regulate strip parlors and adult video stores.
Council President Lawrence A. Bell III introduced the legislation at last night's meeting on behalf of the city Department of Housing and Community Development, which controls licensing of adult entertainment parlors.
Articles last year by The Sun revealed that the housing department had failed to enforce the laws.
Undercover police officers cited dancers for prostitution, topless dancing, obscene stage acts, pressuring customers to buy drinks and other infractions.
But the housing department failed to remove the strip parlors' licenses, even though the action is required under city law.
Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III said at the time that he did not believe his department was the appropriate regulatory agency, because adult entertainment falls outside of the department's primary responsibility of dealing with homes.