HOUSTON - The Harris County Commissioners Court has proposed new regulations on topless bars, massage parlors and related businesses to the unincorporated areas of the county.
The new regulations will match the City of Houston's ordinances.
"Our crime-fighting deputies will continue to bust sexually oriented businesses for prostitution, illegal drugs, illegal gun possession, unlicensed serving of alcohol and other crimes, just like we have done before," Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said.
"But the county regulations will, among other things, allow us to work with the County Attorney's Office, the District Attorney's Office and the constables to prevent some of these unwanted businesses from opening in the first place," Garcia said.
As part of the regulations, residents must be notified about potential sexually oriented businesses before they can open. Citizen input must be gathered as well.
"As for existing businesses, the regulations will help us stop SOB crime dens from reopening with new names and nearby locations after we taken them down for prostitution, drugs or alcohol violations,'' Garcia said.
Around 1.5 million people live in unincorporated areas of Harris County.
Information about the new regulations is available on the Office of the Harris County Attorney's web site.
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