INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers want to restrict the location of adult entertainment stores from schools, playgrounds and kid-oriented businesses.
The proposal comes after several recent store openings, including a Lion’s Den location on the south side of Indy – next to a Cracker Barrel and around the corner from a daycare and trampoline park.
“The Lion’s Den in my district has helped me realize that this is a statewide problem,” said state Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), whose the office received several complaints about the store opening from constituents.
Speedy introduced House Bill 1122, which would have prohibited sex businesses from operating within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center or other child-oriented business.
The bill passed the House with bipartisan support but was not heard in the Senate.
Now Speedy is working to reintroduce some of that legislation in another bill before the end of the legislative session.
“It’s the type of bill that would allow communities to push back against very well-heeled businesses,” Speedy said.
One of the concerns raised by opponents of Speedy’s bill was the requirement that adult stores that do not meet the 1,000-foot minimum distance must move out by July 2025. This provision will not be reintroduced to the future, Speedy said.
“You don’t want to pass bills that are unconstitutional and you could end up seeing the state lose a case,” said state Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington), who was one of eight House lawmakers to vote against Speedy’s bill.
Pierce said he would not rule out supporting a different version of the legislation if the appropriate changes were made.
“I agree with the general idea that you want to regulate these types of facilities so that they are not next to places where children are going to be … If some of these bigger problems with the bill are resolved, I might possibly vote for that,” Pierce said.
Last year, the Lion’s Den sued the city of Indianapolis over signage of its south side location. The two parties then reached an agreement.
We have contacted the company and its attorneys for this story and are still awaiting a response.
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