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Relating to restrictions on the age of persons employed by or allowed on the premises of a sexually oriented business; creating a criminal offense.
SB 923 would prohibit a sexually oriented business from allowing persons younger than 18 years old on the premises, or from employing persons younger than 21 years old. It would create administrative penalties for sexually oriented businesses that knowingly or recklessly allow persons younger than 18 on their premises, and attach a criminal penalty to sexually oriented businesses employing an individual under 21 years old.
Texas Action recommends opposing SB 923 because it infringes upon principles of limited government and individual liberty. The age of majority in Texas is 18 years, where individuals are then entitled to nearly all of the privileges of adulthood. Once an individual reaches the age of 18, he or she should be allowed to work in any vocation he or she chooses.
For context, it may be helpful to consider this non-exhaustive list of things a person may do in Texas without parental consent once they reach the age of 18: pay taxes, get married, enter into an enforceable contract, become a non-armed security guard, buy a house, obtain a commercial pilot certificate, vote for our elected leaders, be elected district attorney, be elected sheriff, serve drinks in a bar, join a fire department, work on an oil rig, take out a loan, get a credit card, get a tattoo, operate heavy machinery, board an international flight, join the military, go skydiving, make medical decisions, be admitted to the Texas State Bar, be tried as an adult, and be sentenced to death.
We do not endorse sexually oriented businesses, but we do endorse allowing adults to make adult decisions. If the legislature wishes to reconsider the age of majority, it should do so on a wholesale basis rather than pick and choose specific areas to treat adults as juveniles.