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2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
Referendum 1 - Adult Entertainment Regulation - Ballot Title
CITY OF SEATTLE
The Seattle City Council passed Ordinance Number 121952 concerning the licensing and regulation of adult entertainment. Voters filed a sufficient referendum petition to refer the ordinance to a public vote.
Among other things, Ordinance Number 121952 would: (1) add new provisions concerning license issuance, suspension and revocation; (2) prohibit adult entertainers from performing within four feet of customers, or directly accepting gratuities; (3) require specific lighting levels at adult-entertainment premises; (4) prohibit entertainment that is not visible from all public areas within the premises; (5) require premises to allow announced City inspections during business hours; and (6) allow the city attorney to file nuisance actions against adult-entertainment premises that violate the law.
Should this ordinance be:
City Attorney’s established explanatory statement
1. Ordinance Number 121952 and the referendum process
In 2005 the city council passed and the mayor signed Ordinance Number 121952. The Ordinance would add new provisions to and amend some present provisions of Municipal Code Chapter 6.270 governing adult-entertainment establishments.
Article IV Section 1 of the city charter provides for a referendum petition process. If the required number of Seattle voters (at least eight percent of the total number of votes cast for the office of mayor in the most recent City election) sign referendum petitions regarding an ordinance, the ordinance does not take effect and instead is referred to City voters for their approval or rejection.
The required number of voters signed referendum petitions to refer Ordinance Number 121952 to a public vote.
2. The law as it presently exists
The Seattle Municipal Code currently contains provisions governing adult entertainment (Municipal Code Chapter 6.270). The code includes requirements concerning both licensing and conduct. Among other things the existing code:
3. The effect of Ordinance 121952 if approved by the voters
Ordinance 121952 would make a number of changes to the City’s adult-entertainment laws. Among other things the Ordinance:
4. The effect of this referendum vote
If a majority of voters casting ballots in this referendum vote to approve Ordinance 121952, then it will become law and the changes that it would make to the City’s Municipal Code will take effect. If a majority of voters casting ballots in this referendum vote to reject the Ordinance, then it will not become law, and the Municipal Code provisions governing adult entertainment will remain as they are.