MO Supreme Court reviews law on sexual businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Lawyers for a coalition of exotic dancers and adult-oriented businesses are going before the Missouri Supreme Court to challenge a state law restricting their activities.

The high court was scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday from the plaintiffs and the state.

The law took effect last year. It bans full nudity and alcohol at strip clubs and adult-oriented stores. It also bars physical contact between seminude employees and customers, and requires that such stores and clubs close before midnight.

Critics contend the restrictions violate the constitutional right of free speech and expression. They also argue Missouri lawmakers violated proper procedures in passing the legislation.

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