Emergency Bill CB-18-2011 was passed by a unanimous vote, signaling the beginning of what we can only hope is a change in the night club culture of violence throughout PGCo.
According to news reports, nine clubs were closed in 2007 due to a series of homicides, and since 2005, 61 deaths in the County can somehow be linked to night club activity.
Maryland attempted to restrict behaviors in clubs that serve alcohol via legislation passed in 2005 but 4th Circuit Judge James Wynn said Under the doctrine of overbreadth, a statute violates the First Amendment, if it prohibits a substantial amount of protected expression.
The protected expression the overbroad Maryland statute sought to limit included:
- The act of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation…or any sexual acts which are prohibited by law
- The display of pubic hair, anus, vulva or genitals
- …and other nasty things.
I have one good question: WHAT THE HOT HAM SANDWICHES IS GOING ON AT NIGHT CLUBS IN PGCo?
The Emergency bill was proposed by Council Member Toles (D-Suitland) and sponsored by Council Members: Toles,Franklin, Patterson, Turner, Lehman Campos, Olson, and (GASP) Johnson; I’ll handle this whole Leslie Johnson debacle in another posting.
Passing this legislation is a move in the right direction although club owner, Doc Hayes, owner of Club Elite in Temple Hills, was quoted in the DC Examiner as saying “The broad stroke is far too wide…That ends up including places that don’t have these kinds of problems.”