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Quorum Court Rescinds Ordinance Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Changes are in store for Craighead County regarding regulations and licensing of sexually oriented businesses.

On Monday, the Craighead County Quorum Court voted to rescind the current ordinance in place for the county.

Now the county will rely on the state statute until the quorum court votes on another ordinance.

Lawyer for the Quorum Court and County Judge Dale Haas, Jeremy McNabb, says while the ordinance is not undefendable, the integrity of the ordinance, and whether or not it would withstand constitutional question comes into affect.

Recently, a federal lawsuit was filed against the county by Seductions Lingerie in Jonesboro challenging the ordinance that was rescinded on Monday.

"With this ordinance rescinded, obviously that moots out our lawsuit. That's the only object of the lawsuit and so there will be no need to move forward with the lawsuit," said attorney for Seductions, Benjamin Brenner.

"In light of some cases using similar language, similar ordinances have been struck down as unconstitutional.  You have to pick your battles, and this was one where we wanted to look at it and made the decision to rescind it," said McNabb.

After Monday's meeting, Judge Haas said, "if they're in compliance with state law that's a question for the prosecuting attorney. Our prosecuting attorney has a history of aggressive enforcement. If anyone has broken the law, he will investigate and enforce it. I am certain of it," said Craighead County Judge Dale Haas.

Region 8 news will continue to follow this story and keep you up to date and will let you know when a new ordinance is in place.

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