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House passes strip club zoning

March 06, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Legislation that would allow the Berkeley County Commission to restrict the location of strip clubs and other "exotic entertainment" businesses was passed Friday by the House of Delegates, according to the State Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.

The language needed to give counties, such as Berkeley County, that have planning commissions the needed authority was amended into House Bill 2412 in the Political Subdivisions Committee last week and passed in a roll call vote on the House floor Friday.

Sponsored by House Assistant Majority Whip Sam J. Argento, D-Nicholas, HB 2412 originally eyed restrictions for the locations of businesses that sell sexually oriented materials.

The amended bill's passage by the House was communicated Friday to the State Senate, which has yet to consider the legislation.

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House and Senate bills sponsored by members of the Eastern Panhandle delegation have not moved since they were introduced last week, according to the State Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.

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