Home > News > Montana Bill Would Allow Counties, Cities to Enact Obscenity Ordinances • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Montana Bill Would Allow Counties, Cities to Enact Obscenity Ordinances

Montana Bill Would Allow Counties, Cities to Enact Obscenity Ordinances
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
Yes, but in a few years
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.
Feb 16, 2007 12:49 PM PST    Text size: 
HELENA, Mont. — A bill proposed by the Montana Citizens for Decency Through Law would allow counties and cities to enact their own obscenity ordinances.

Dallas Erickson, head of the group that originally wrote and submitted the idea, told XBIZ that the bill could be decided upon as early as next week and would allow communities to pass laws more restrictive than those of the state of Montana.

Rep. Ron Stoker, R-Darby, is sponsoring the bill. He was unavailable for comment at press time.

Erickson’s main concern is access to and dissemination of “harmful materials” to minors. The bill would require stores selling adult materials — both hardcore and softcore — to hide covers and move them to “out of sight and out of reach” areas.

The addition of softcore materials, including Hustler and Penthouse, is new, expanding the definition of obscenity in the state.

Erickson said the current law only applies to businesses and that “molesters can still show [obscene material to kids].” The change would make it a crime for anyone to show obscene material to minors.

Erickson also said any resident of the county or city can draft an ordinance, but “they’d better know what they’re doing to make it constitutional.”

He stressed that no proposed ordinance that is considered unconstitutional will be accepted. For example, charging facilities for prominently featuring R-rated films or the swimsuit editions of sports magazines cannot be considered harmful to minors.

Libraries and theaters will not be required to hide or remove mainstream content featuring nudity, such as National Geographic, and Erickson said worrying that they’d be charged for providing such content to minors is “silly.”

“No [library or theater] has ever been charged with obscenity,” Erickson said. Materials with “serious literary, scientific, artistic or political value for minors” are exempt from the definition.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Focusing, Again, on Tradeshow Etiquette

I’m very excited to have been asked by XBIZ World to write the third part of my ongoing series of articles on tradeshow etiquette. In Part I of the series, I discussed business cards, substance... More »

Retail Sales Get Boost From Staff Morale Building

My job is, and always has been, to do what is asked of me to the best of my ability. I’ve worn many hats in this company, as it’s not only adult retail but adult nightlife as well. I’ve... More »

Looking Back at 2016’s Highlights

2016 was fraught with highs and lows. As an industry, we mourned the loss of friends and loved ones and welcomed new life into the world. With the presidential election behind us and California’s... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.


Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 20 - Jan 22
Montréal, Québec

Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 27 - Jan 29
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!