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  87R7815 JAM-D
 
  By: Thierry H.B. No. 1655
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to restrictions on the age of persons employed by or
  allowed on the premises of a sexually oriented business; creating a
  criminal offense.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  This Act may be cited as the Standardizing
  Minimum Age Requirements in Texas (SMART) Act.
         SECTION 2.  Chapter 106, Alcoholic Beverage Code, is amended
  by adding Section 106.17 to read as follows:
         Sec. 106.17.  PRESENCE OF CERTAIN MINORS ON PERMITTED OR
  LICENSED PREMISES OPERATING AS SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESS. (a) An
  individual younger than 18 years of age may not be on premises
  covered by a permit or license issued under this code if a sexually
  oriented business, as defined by Section 243.002, Local Government
  Code, operates on the premises.
         (b)  The holder of a permit or license covering a premises
  described by Subsection (a) may not knowingly or recklessly allow
  an individual younger than 18 years of age to be on the premises.
         (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, if it
  is found, after notice and hearing, that a permittee or licensee has
  violated Subsection (b) the commission or administrator shall:
               (1)  suspend the permit or license for 30 days for the
  first violation;
               (2)  suspend the permit or license for 60 days for the
  second violation; and
               (3)  cancel the permit or license for the third
  violation.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter A, Chapter 102, Business & Commerce
  Code, is amended by adding Section 102.0031 to read as follows:
         Sec. 102.0031.  PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN ACTIVITIES BY
  BUSINESS IN RELATION TO A CHILD. A sexually oriented business may
  not allow an individual younger than 18 years of age to enter the
  premises of the business.
         SECTION 4.  Section 102.004(a), Business & Commerce Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The attorney general or appropriate district or county
  attorney, in the name of the state, may bring an action for an
  injunction or other process against a person who violates or
  threatens to violate Section 102.002, [or] 102.003, or 102.0031.
         SECTION 5.  Section 102.005(b), Business & Commerce Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A sexually oriented business commits an offense if the
  business violates Section 102.003 or 102.0031.
         SECTION 6.  Section 125.0015(a), Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person who maintains a place to which persons
  habitually go for the following purposes and who knowingly
  tolerates the activity and furthermore fails to make reasonable
  attempts to abate the activity maintains a common nuisance:
               (1)  discharge of a firearm in a public place as
  prohibited by the Penal Code;
               (2)  reckless discharge of a firearm as prohibited by
  the Penal Code;
               (3)  engaging in organized criminal activity as a
  member of a combination as prohibited by the Penal Code;
               (4)  delivery, possession, manufacture, or use of a
  substance or other item in violation of Chapter 481, Health and
  Safety Code;
               (5)  gambling, gambling promotion, or communicating
  gambling information as prohibited by the Penal Code;
               (6)  prostitution, promotion of prostitution, or
  aggravated promotion of prostitution as prohibited by the Penal
  Code;
               (7)  compelling prostitution as prohibited by the Penal
  Code;
               (8)  commercial manufacture, commercial distribution,
  or commercial exhibition of obscene material as prohibited by the
  Penal Code;
               (9)  aggravated assault as described by Section 22.02,
  Penal Code;
               (10)  sexual assault as described by Section 22.011,
  Penal Code;
               (11)  aggravated sexual assault as described by Section
  22.021, Penal Code;
               (12)  robbery as described by Section 29.02, Penal
  Code;
               (13)  aggravated robbery as described by Section 29.03,
  Penal Code;
               (14)  unlawfully carrying a weapon as described by
  Section 46.02, Penal Code;
               (15)  murder as described by Section 19.02, Penal Code;
               (16)  capital murder as described by Section 19.03,
  Penal Code;
               (17)  continuous sexual abuse of young child or
  children as described by Section 21.02, Penal Code;
               (18)  massage therapy or other massage services in
  violation of Chapter 455, Occupations Code;
               (19)  employing or entering into a contract for the
  performance of work or the provision of a service with an individual
  younger than 21 years of age for work or services performed [a
  minor] at a sexually oriented business as defined by Section
  243.002, Local Government Code;
               (20)  trafficking of persons as described by Section
  20A.02, Penal Code;
               (21)  sexual conduct or performance by a child as
  described by Section 43.25, Penal Code;
               (22)  employment harmful to a child as described by
  Section 43.251, Penal Code;
               (23)  criminal trespass as described by Section 30.05,
  Penal Code;
               (24)  disorderly conduct as described by Section 42.01,
  Penal Code;
               (25)  arson as described by Section 28.02, Penal Code;
               (26)  criminal mischief as described by Section 28.03,
  Penal Code, that causes a pecuniary loss of $500 or more; [or]
               (27)  a graffiti offense in violation of Section 28.08,
  Penal Code; or
               (28)  permitting an individual younger than 18 years of
  age to enter the premises of a sexually oriented business as defined
  by Section 243.002, Local Government Code.
         SECTION 7.  Sections 51.016(b), (h), and (i), Labor Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A sexually oriented business may not employ or enter
  into a contract, other than a contract described by Subsection (g),
  for the performance of work or the provision of a service with an
  individual younger than 21 [18] years of age.
         (h)  The commission, the attorney general, or a local law
  enforcement agency may inspect a record maintained under this
  section if there is good reason to believe that an individual
  younger than 21 [18] years of age is employed or has been employed
  by, or has entered into a contract, other than a contract described
  by Subsection (g), for the performance of work or the provision of a
  service with, the sexually oriented business within the two years
  preceding the date of the inspection.
         (i)  A person commits an offense if the person:
               (1)  fails to maintain a record as required by this
  section; [or]
               (2)  knowingly or intentionally hinders an inspection
  authorized under Subsection (h); or
               (3)  violates Subsection (b).
         SECTION 8.  Section 51.031(b), Labor Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  An offense under Section 51.014(d), [or Section]
  51.0145, or 51.016(i)(3) is a Class A misdemeanor.
         SECTION 9.  Section 43.251(a)(1), Penal Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
               (1)  "Child" means a person younger than 21 [18] years
  of age.
         SECTION 10.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense was
  committed before that date.
         SECTION 11.  This Act takes effect immediately if it
  receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each
  house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  
  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate
  effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2021.