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  67.2540.  Definitions. — As used in sections 67.2540 to 67.2556, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Adult cabaret", a nightclub, bar, restaurant, or similar establishment in which persons regularly appear in a state of nudity, as defined in section 573.500*, or seminudity in the performance of their duties;

  (2)  "Employee", a person who is at least twenty-one years of age and who performs any service on the premises of a sexually oriented business on a full-time, part-time, or contract basis, whether or not the person is denominated an employee, independent contractor, agent, or otherwise, and whether or not said person is paid a salary, wage, or other compensation by the operator of said business.  The term employee does not include a person exclusively on the premises for repair or maintenance of the premises or equipment on the premises, or for the delivery of goods to the premises;

  (3)  "Nudity" or a "state of nudity", the showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, vulva, anus, anal cleft or anal cleavage with less than a fully opaque covering, the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple, or the showing of the covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state;

  (4)  "Nuisance", any place in or upon which lewdness, assignation, or prostitution is conducted, permitted, continued, or exists, or any place, in or upon which lewd, indecent, lascivious, or obscene films, or films designed to be projected for exhibition, are photographed, manufactured, developed, screened, exhibited, or otherwise prepared or shown, and the personal property and contents used in conducting and maintaining any such place for any such purpose.  The provisions of this section shall not affect any newspaper, magazine, or other publication entered as second class matter by the post office department;

  (5)  "Person", an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity;

  (6)  "Seminude" or in a "seminude condition", a state of dress in which opaque clothing fails to cover the genitals, anus, anal cleft or cleavage, pubic area, vulva, nipple and areola of the female breast below a horizontal line across the top of the areola at its highest point.  Seminudity shall include the entire lower portion of the female breast, but shall not include any portion of the cleavage of the human female breast exhibited by wearing apparel provided the areola is not exposed in whole or part;

  (7)  "Sexually oriented business", an adult cabaret or any business which offers its patrons goods of which a substantial or significant portion are sexually oriented material.  It shall be presumed that a business that derives thirty percent or less of its revenue from sexually oriented materials is presumed not to be a sexually oriented business.  No building, premises, structure, or other facility that contains any sexually oriented business shall contain any other kind of sexually oriented business;

  (8)  "Sexually oriented materials", any pictorial or three-dimensional material, or film, motion picture, DVD, video cassette, or similar photographic reproduction, that depicts nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse, as defined in section 573.010;

  (9)  "Specified criminal activity" includes the following offenses:

  (a)  Prostitution or promotion of prostitution; dissemination of obscenity; sale, distribution, or display of harmful material to a minor; sexual performance by a child; possession or distribution of child pornography; public lewdness; indecent exposure; indecency with a child; engaging in organized criminal activity; sexual assault; molestation of a child; gambling prohibited under Missouri law; or distribution of a controlled substance; or any similar offenses described in this subdivision under the criminal or penal code of other states or countries;

  (b)  For which:

  a.  Less than two years have elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement imposed for the conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is of a misdemeanor offense;

  b.  Less than five years have elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement for the conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is of a felony offense; or

  c.  Less than five years have elapsed since the date of the last conviction or the date of release from confinement for the last conviction, whichever is the later date, if the convictions are of two or more misdemeanor offenses or combination of misdemeanor offenses occurring within any twenty-four-month period;

  (c)  The fact that a conviction is being appealed shall not prevent a sexually oriented business from being considered a nuisance and closed under section 67.2546;

  (10)  "Specified sexual activities" includes the following acts:

  (a)  The fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks, anus, or female breasts;

  (b)  Sex acts, actual or simulated, including intercourse, oral copulation, masturbation, or sodomy; or

  (c)  Excretory functions as part of or in connection with any of the activities set forth in this subdivision.


(L. 2005 H.B. 972)

*Section 573.500 was repealed by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17.

(2006) Addition of sections 67.2540 to 67.2552 regulating adult entertainment to bill relating to alcohol-related traffic offenses violated Article III, section 21 prohibition against amending a bill to change its original purpose.  Missouri Association of Club Executives, Inc. v. State, 208 S.W.3d 885 (Mo.banc).

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