Tennessee bill proposed to shield children from sexual performances
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tennessee has proposed legislation to keep children from being exposed to sexually explicit performances.
The bill would restrict adult cabaret or salacious performances from happening on public property.
It would also keep these performances from occurring on private properties where children could witness.
This means any performance deemed sexual, such as a drag show, will have restrictions on where it can take place.
The bill states if private establishments host these performances, it will require customers to show ID. Customers will need to be 18 or older to enter. This includes restaurants and bars.
“This legislation is about protecting children,” said Johnson. “There are certain performances, movies, and places that are inappropriate for children. Just as current law prohibits strip clubs from admitting children, this legislation would also prohibit sexually explicit adult entertainment from being performed on public property or any non-age-restricted private property where a minor could be present. This is a common-sense measure with broad support from Tennesseans.”
On Tuesday, legislation passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
A violation of the bill would result in a Class A misdemeanor.
A second offense would result in a Class E felony.
Regarding the legislation, Johnson added, “It also gives confidence to parents that they can take their kids to a public or private show and will not be blindsided by a sexualized performance.”
The legislation will advance to the Senate floor to be considered by the full Senate.