Shelby County's SOB Laws

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shelby County officials spent months developing tougher regulations for sexually oriented businesses. But the city of Memphis is trying to fast-track its own, less-restrictive, regulations that would supersede the county's work.

City Council Chairman Tom Marshall said the city's law might allow beer sales, outlawed by the county law that is set to go into effect on January 1.

Marshall said several council members expressed concerns about the loss of city tax revenues if the clubs were to go dry, because alcohol sales generate about $2 million each year.

Should the City Council approve an ordinance, it would supersede the county's law within city limits where most of Shelby County's adult businesses, including all of the strip clubs, are located.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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