Legislation to protect children from being exposed to sexually explicit performances is one step closer to becoming Tennessee law. On Tuesday, the measure cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Senate Bill 3/House Bill 9, sponsored by Tennessee Senate Majority L
Under the bill, private establishments such as bars or restaurants that host sexually explicit shows must require patrons to show ID upon entry to ensure they are age 18 or older. Johnson says this is a common-sense protection that provides clarity regarding what performances are not appropriate for children.
“This legislation is about protecting children,” said Johnson. “There are certain pe
“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,” Johnson added.
A violation of this bill would result in a Class A misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent offense would result in a Class E felony.
The legislation now advances to the Senate floor to be considered by the full Senate.