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Indiana Law May Have Flaw

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A new law aimed at adult book stores in Indiana may have some unintended consequences.

The law goes into effect today and requires any business that sells sexually explicit materials to register with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office and pay a $250 fee. A southern Indiana state representative wrote the law in response to a growing number of adult book mega-stores opening off interstate highways. But the law may also affect mainstream books stores found in large shopping malls, along with mom and pop retailers throughout the Hoosier state. As a result, the law is expected to be challenged for its vagueness. It doesn’t spell out what exactly is sexually explicit. But if those businesses fail to register as required, the owner could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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