On Wednesday the House City, County, and Local Affairs Committee passed a measure to protect children from adult performances.

S.B. 43 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) prohibits adult-oriented performances on public property, with public funding, or in view of minors.

The bill defines “adult-oriented performance” as a sexual performance that includes nudity, sexual activities, or exposure of specific body parts. The bill also contains language about exposure of prosthetic private parts to protect children from explicit drag performances.

S.B. 43 previously prohibited drag performances on public property or in view of children. It was amended in the House committee on Wednesday to apply more broadly to sexual performances and to prohibit public funding of those performances.

The bill will go to the Arkansas House of Representatives for a vote next week. If passed, it will go back to the Arkansas Senate for a vote as well.

You Can Read S.B. 43 Here.